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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

NATO says Gadhafi fighters continue to be threat

By RAF CASERT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The general commanding NATO’s mission in Libya said Thursday that isolated groups of forces loyal to ousted strongman Moammar Gadhaficontinue to be a threat to local people but are unable to coordinate their actions.

Bouchard

 

Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard said in a conference call with reporters that many Gadhafi forces are surrounded with no way out. On Wednesday, NATO’s decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, granted approval to extend the mission for another 90 days. Without an extension, permission for the operation would have expired Sept. 27.

“We are now at a point where I can only urge regime forces to surrender, to bring an end to these activities,” Bouchard said.

Despite their isolation, the general said, forces loyal to former strongman Moammar Gadhafi “are still dangerous … and violence against the population continues.”

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