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NATO Bombs Destroy Gaddafi’s Compound

NATO dropped more than 60 bombs on Tripoli Tuesday, destroying much of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s compound. Libyan officials said 31 were killed in the bombing and dozens more were injured, although those numbers have not been confirmed. In response, Gaddafi said in a radio address that “we welcome death” and added he was “in a place where you can’t reach me—in the hearts of my people.” The raid, the most intense since NATO airstrikes began 11 weeks ago, were unusual because they took place during the day, while most of the nearly 4,000 NATO missions have taken place at night. The campaign also came only a day before senior NATO ministers will meet in Brussels—where the alliance will lobby for more countries to get involved.

June 7, 2011 4:05 PM