Obama says Gaddafi may wait out military assault

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may try to stay out a no-fly zone and military attack that has hurt his armed forces, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in an meeting with CNN.

"Gaddafi may try to hunker down and wait it out even in the face of the no-fly zone, although his forces have been dishonored," Obama said.

The U.S. president's comments official the longtime Libyan leader's staying power and the limits of a U.Napproved no-fly zone over Libya that the United States and European countries are enforce, with some Arab maintain.

U.S. officials have made comprehensible Gaddafi's ouster would be welcome save for was not the goal of the air strikes. Obama said the no-fly zone was inevitable to ensure "the people of Libya aren't beaten by their own military."

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