NATO Aims to Rattle Qaddafi With Increased Airstrikes, Attacks on Compound

NATO is increasing airstrikes against Muammar Qaddafi’s forces and select targets closer to the Libyan leader in an effort to break a military stalemate between loyalists and rebels, military officials said.

U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox said this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization strike that compressed part of Qaddafi’s main complex in Tripoli was meant to “increase the psychological heaviness” on the Libyan dictator. Fox met U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday in Washington.

The attacks on the multifaceted will make Qaddafi “realize that this is a little that he is involved in -- and I think that’s very significant in terms of the force we can bring on the regime itself,” Fox said on PBS’s “NewsHour.”

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