Interventions

U.N. Jets Strike Near Ajdabiyah

Are the airstrikes on Libya working? The Pentagon thinks so: “We believe [Gaddafi’s] forces are under significant stress and suffering from both isolation and a good deal of confusion,” Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said Sunday. Western jets struck at Gaddafi’s forces near Ajdabiyah early Monday—a town that the rebels lost last week and which they are now fighting to retake. Western forces also lobbed a cruise missile at Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, destroying an administrative building—but U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insists the U.S. is not trying to kill Gaddafi.