US military official: Gaddafi not on target list

March 20, 2011 22:39

WASHINGTON - The United States does not have Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on its 'target list' as Western nations intensify their military action on Libya, a top US military official said on Sunday.

As smoke was seen rising above Tripoli from the direction of Libya's presidential palace, Vice Admiral Bill Gortney, director of the US military's Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon that Gaddafi not being targeted by coalition air strikes.

Gortney said the coalition acting against Gaddafi, which originally grouped the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Canada, had broadened to include Belgium and Qatar.

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