NATO Pounds Gadhafi Compound

Leader appears increasingly isolated amid sharp escalation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2011 5:00 AM CDT
In this image from television broadcast Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Moammar Gadhafi sits next to a television showing a strapline reading "The Leader's speech to the Libyan people 07 06 2011."   (AP Photo/ Libyan TV via APTN)
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(Newser) – NATO continued to pound Moammar Gadhafi's compound into the wee hours today, dropping a total of 80 bombs on it and other targets around Tripoli, reports the New York Times. The compound was largely decimated in the shelling, and Gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown, though he taunted NATO in a 10-minute video aired yesterday, saying that he was "in a place where you can’t reach me—in the hearts of my people.”

“You are setting fire to the sea, you are setting fire to the desert, you are chasing a mirage," Gadhafi said. "Why this consistent bombing? Are you trying to force us into submission? You will not; we will never submit.” But Gadhafi appeared more and more isolated yesterday, with President Obama saying, “I think it is just a matter of time before Gadhafi goes;” he was joined by Germany's Angela Merkel, who also called for the Libyan to step down. Libya's labor minister also defected to the rebel side yesterday, in what the Times calls a "growing exodus."

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