Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound has been hit by NATO air strikes, with reports of an office building inside the compound being destroyed, and the Libyan leader's son claims the most recent attack "will only scare children."
Also included in the early morning air strikes was the bombing of a state-run television facility, a sign that NATO attacks are escalating against Gaddafi as he attempts to maintain control of his four-decade regime.
According to the New York Times, the Monday bombing campaign included two large explosions in the government compound, Bab al-Azizya, that LIbyan officials claim injured 45 people. The officials report there were no fatalities.
]Al Jazeera English reports NATO’s increased targeting of Gaddafi regime-linked facilities will continue until the leader gives up power. A NATO spokesman, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said of the Monday strike on Bab al-Azizya: “We have moved on to those command and control facilities that are used to coordinate such attacks by regime forces.”
Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said the NATO mission is doomed to fail, stating it will only scare children. “The bombing which targeted Muammar Gaddafi's office today...will only scare children. It's impossible that it will make us afraid or give up or raise the white flag,” he said, according to Al Jazeera.
“You, NATO, are waging a losing battle because you are backed by traitors and spies. History has proved that no state can rely on them to win,” Gaddafi added.
Although President Obama is on record stating the country’s newest war is nothing his administration wanted, his administration has recently authorized the use of Predator drones to help in the Libyan conflict.