Gadhafi Compound Bombed

Strike disabled key command center, say allies
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2011 12:25 AM CDT
Gadhafi Compound Bombed
A Libyan soldier examines a building in Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound hit by a missile late yesterday   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A direct missile strike on Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli has destroyed a building that functioned as a military command center, allied officials have announced. Gadhafi himself and his home were not targeted, according to authorities. The building was completely demolished, but no casualties were immediately reported. The strike "destroyed Gadhafi's command and control capability," a BBC reporter was told. The attack "significantly degraded the regime's air defense capability," said US Navy Vice Admiral William Gortney. (More Libya stories.)

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