Mar 20, 2011 5:43 PM by AP

Initial bombing called successful; endgame unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Pentagon official says U.S. and allied attacks in Libya have been very effective in degrading Moammar Gadhafi's ability to threaten planes enforcing a no-fly zone over the North African country.

Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney told reporters Sunday that attacks were especially effective against Libyan surface-to-air missiles that posed a threat to planes flying at medium and high altitudes.

He said three Air Force B-2 stealth bombers attacked an airfield Sunday, and a variety of U.S., British and French planes attacked elements of Gadhafi's ground troops in an area about 10 miles south of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Gortney said the U.S. was not ruling out launching additional attacks against air defense targets.

He said the military campaign is not specifically targeting Gadhafi.



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