WASHINGTON - Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi's forces fired a Scud missile for the first time since
the uprising against his rule began six months ago, but it
landed in the desert and injured no one, a US defense
official said on Monday.
The missile was fired on Sunday morning from a location
about 50 miles east of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi's home
town, and landed east of the coastal oil town of Brega, the
official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
It was unclear what Gaddafi might have been targeting, the
official said, without speculating about the motives behind a
missile launch that came in the wake of recent rebel gains that
have increased pressure on the Libyan leader.
Gaddafi's aging stockpile of Soviet-era Scud missiles,
which have an estimated range of about 185 miles, were
among the earliest targets of the NATO air campaign that began