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Countries torn over air strikes in Libya, Gaddafi holds on to power

by Jorge Hernandez on March 21, 2011

A United Nations resolution that was prompted by Britain, France and Lebanon has resulted in a series of air strikes against Libya that are meant to make the country's dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, give up the power he has held for more than 40 years.

One such attack destroyed Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. So far, more than 60 Libyans have been confirmed dead because of the assault, The International Business Times reports. While officials have said that Gaddafi is not a target, some are beginning to doubt the claim after the destruction of the command center.

"We will fight for every square in our land," Gaddafi said, according to the news source. "We will die as martyrs. We will fight and we will target any traitor who is co-operating with the Americans or with the Christian Crusade."

He is not the only one to bring up the infamous medieval wars when discussing the joint air strike on Libya. Prime minister Vladimir Putin of Russia has condemned the attacks and said that it resembles the crusades, according to The Guardian.

Russia, along with China, Brazil, Germany and India, all abstained from voting on the resolution, which Putin called "flawed."

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has not yet entered the conflict, because Turkey has thus far blocked the organization from participating.

"NATO should only enter Libya to determine that Libya belongs to Libyans and not to distribute its natural resources and richness to others," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reports, touching on the accusations that the war was triggered by the European demand for oil.

Some protesters assembled in London on Sunday to protest the air strikes.

"This war is about oil, control and a message to the rest of the world and region that we can do it if we want to," said MP Jeremy Corbyn, The Guardian reports

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