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US Senator McCain says "fine" if Gaddafi killed in NATO strike

Other News Materials 1 May 2011 23:13 (UTC +04:00)
Influential US Senator John McCain argued Sunday it would be "fine" if Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi were to be killed or wounded in a NATO airstrike, dpa reported.
US Senator McCain says "fine" if Gaddafi killed in NATO strike

Influential US Senator John McCain argued Sunday it would be "fine" if Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi were to be killed or wounded in a NATO airstrike, dpa reported.

On the "Face the Nation" talk show on the CBS network, McCain was commenting on the NATO strike in Tripoli which killed a son and three grandsons of the Libyan leader late Saturday.

"We should be taking out his command and control, and if he is killed or injured because of that, that's fine," McCain, who is the top Republican on the US Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

The overall strategy must be to help the rebels win the conflict, he added. "We ought to have a strategy to help the rebels succeed and overthrow Gadhafi and everybody associated with him."

McCain, a veteran of the Vietnam War and the Republican Party's losing candidate in the 2008 presidential election, criticised President Barack Obama's actions so far in the Libyan conflict, saying the US had "taken a backseat role."

He said the US should provide more air power to the NATO mission.

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