26 Mar '11, 11am

Libyan mission succeeding, says Obama

Libyan mission succeeding, says Obama

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama said Saturday the international mission in Libya was clear, focused and succeeding and had saved countless innocents from a "bloodbath" threatened by Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi. Under increasing pressure to explain his strategy to Americans, Obama gave his most detailed review of the conflict so far, and insisted American national interests were behind his decision to order US forces into UN-mandated combat. "Make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided and the lives of countless civilians-innocent men, women and children-have been saved," Obama said in his weekly radio and online address. The president said a week into the operation that when innocent people were brutalised, by a leader like Gaddafi threatening a "bloodbath" and when nations were prepared to respond together "it's in ...

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