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Con Coughlin: Way to crush Gaddafi is with ground troops -- not from 40,000 feet

Con Coughlin

Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00

Libyans at the martyrs' cemetery in Tripoli, yesterday, mourn during the funeral of people killed in air strikes by coalition forces
Libyans at the martyrs' cemetery in Tripoli, yesterday, mourn during the funeral of people killed in air strikes by coalition forces

COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi's defiant reaction to the ferocious bombardment of his country illustrates the scale of the military challenge that lies ahead as the coalition attempts to overthrow the Libyan tyrant.

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After British and American warships fired an estimated 110 missiles to destroy Libya's anti-aircraft installations, Gaddafi responded in a radio broadcast from his heavily fortified bunker in Tripoli, declaring: "We promise you a long, drawn-out war with no limits."

If the Gaddafi clan really is prepared to fight to the bitter end, then it is unlikely the coalition's ultimate objective of removing them can be achieved by air power alone.

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