Last night, a missile strike hit Libyan strongman leader Moammer Gadhafi's compound in Bab al-Aziza. CNN reported that the compound "lay in shambles Monday following bombing by the United States and its allies, prompting a debate about whether the allies were trying to kill the Libyan leader." But a coalition military official told the network "neither Gadhafi nor his residence were intended targets of the bombing late Sunday...[and he] said the compound was targeted because it contained command-and-control facilities for Libyan forces." U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said at a Pentagon press briefing, "We are not going after Gadhafi."
Over the weekend, Gadhafi promised a "long war" with the allies, who started attacks to enforce the U.N.'s no-fly zone declaration—and he called the allies "the new Nazis." But Crowley suggested that the U.S.'s military operations may have already peaked, "We are moving from the action phase to a patrolling phase. Our aircraft participation has... plateaued, if not reduced somewhat." The Washington Post reports, "The rebels by Monday had regained control of Zuwaytinah, an oil terminal about 16 miles northwest of Ajdabiya that had been captured by loyalist forces last week." However, Gadhafi's whereabouts are unknown.
Nearly a week after they went missing in Libya, four NY Times reporters were released into custody of the Turkish embassy in Tripoli. According to the NY Times, "Like many Western journalists, the four had entered the rebel-controlled eastern region of Libya over the Egyptian border without visas to cover the insurrection against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. They were detained by forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi in Ajdabiya. The journalists are Anthony Shadid, The Times’s Beirut bureau chief, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have extensive experience in war zones; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell, who in 2009 was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos."