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US: Gaddafi rule means war in Libya

Libya could descend into civil war unless Muammar Gaddafi quits, the United States said yesterday.

Libya could descend into civil war unless Muammar Gaddafi quits, the United States said yesterday, its demand for his departure intensifying pressure on the longtime leader after news of Western military preparations.

But Gaddafi remained defiant, dispatching forces to a western border area amid fears that the most violent Arab revolt may grow bloodier and spark a humanitarian crisis.

His son, Saif al-Islam, warned the West against launching any military action to topple Gaddafi, and said the veteran ruler would not step down or go into exile.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Washington would apply pressure on Gaddafi until he bows out, working to stabilize oil prices and avert a humanitarian crisis.

She stopped short of saying the Obama administration was ready to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

 
 
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