NATO’s plan to amp up its airstrikes in Libya—expanding its targets to palaces, communications centers, and other key institutions—may be coming at an auspicious time. Muammar Gaddafi has suffered a string of setbacks in recent days, losing his hold on the western portion of the nation, a region he must maintain in order to stay in power. Gaddafi’s troops have been driven out of Misrata, a rebel bastion, and opposition forces have taken control of a border crossing as well. NATO hopes its new airstrike offensive will erode enough confidence in Gaddafi to peel off key aides and perhaps even drive him into exile.
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