Obama accepts stalemate on ground in Libya

April 16th, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has said that there is a “stalemate” on the ground in Libya, but he still expects that the NATO allies will succeed in eventually ousting tyrant Colo. Muammar Qaddafi.

“You now have a stalemate on the ground militarily, but Qaddafi is still getting squeezed in all kinds of other ways,” Obama said in an interview to a foreign news agency.

“He’s running out of money. He is running out of supplies. The noose is tightening, and he is becoming more and more isolated. And my expectation is, is that if we continue to apply that pressure and continue to protect civilians, which NATO is doing very capably, then I think over the long term, Qaddafi will go and we will be successful,” he said.

Obama’s acceptance comes as forces loyal to Gaddafi are firing cluster bombs into residential neighborhoods, which have been banned by much of the world, in their bid to overtake Misrata.

Fox News quoted rebels in Misrata as saying that Gaddafi loyalists have been using cluster bombs that pose a particular risk to civilians because they scatter small bomblets over a wide area.

Obama made it clear that the US is not going to resume a lead role in the coalition’s air strikes on Libya.

“I’m actually very impressed with the performance of NATO so far. And I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to do exactly what we said we were going to do, which is transition so that we are primarily in a support role,” he said.

“In the absence of actual soldiers on the ground, Qaddafi’s forces are still going to be able to at least defend their current positions,” Obama acknowledged, but added that the US would not expand its military role in Libya. (ANI)

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