Monday, October 24, 2011

'NATO Had Boots on the Ground in Libya'

'NATO had boots on ground in Libya'

Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:28AM

An Israeli intelligence source says US and British forces had surrounded the hideout of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi two weeks before he was captured and killed.

On Monday, the Israeli intelligence news service DEBKA quoted US sources as saying that American drones kept the building in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte under surveillance, while it was surrounded by US and British forces.

The DEBKA underlined that both the US and the UK had boots on the ground in breach of the UN mandate which allowed the implementation of a no-fly zone over Libya.

In addition, the intelligence news service's special report said some of the accounts of Gaddafi's last days suggest that he abandoned the precautions which kept him safe for years and was not afraid to use the satellite and cell phones which gave his position away.

Gaddafi was captured and killed on Thursday by the rebels after NATO warplanes targeted his convoy west of Sirte.

The news comes as US, French and German officials compete to claim credit for locating Gaddafi's convoy.

The Israeli report confirms that, working through NATO, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy managed to finish off Gaddafi.

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