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Gadhafi Vows 'Long War' After US, Allies Strike

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is promising "a long war" against the international military forces that have targeted his troops with airstrikes and dozens of cruise missiles.

In a phone call to Libyan state television, Gadhafi says he will not let up on the rebellion in the country's east.

He said he has opened up the weapons depots to Libyans, and said everyone is armed with "automatic weapons, mortars, bombs."

"We promise you a long war," he said in the address.

The U.S. and European strikes, which were aimed at enforcing a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, were a sharp escalation in the international effort to stop Gadhafi after weeks of pleading by rebels on the verge of defeat.

This program aired on March 20, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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