March 21st, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Libya live blog: Gadhafi's compound hit and oil prices jump $2 a barrel

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As of [7:18 a.m. Monday ET, 1:18 p.m. Monday in Libya] Oil prices surged more than $2 a barrel in electronic trading Monday after coalition forces launched an attack on Libyan military targets on Saturday. The benchmark U.S. contract, West Texas Intermediate, gained $2.11 to $103.18 a barrel for April delivery. The more active May contract jumped $2.21  to $104.06 a barrel.

[6:32 a.m. Monday ET, 12:32 p.m. Monday in Libya] The British Ministry of Defense said it halted a mission to attack a target in Libya because of information about civilians in the area.

"As the RAF GR4 Tornados moved into the area, further information came to light that identified a number of civilians within the intended target area," the ministry said in a statement Monday. "As a result the decision was taken not to launch weapons. This decision underlines the UK's commitment to the protection of civilians.

[6:02 a.m. Monday ET, 12:02 p.m. Monday in Libya] A witness in the Libyan city of Misrata reported "absolute destruction and carnage" by forces supporting leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday – despite the regime's recent call for a cease-fire.

"Misrata is being flattened and razed to the ground as we speak," said the man, who was not identified safety reasons. "He (Gadhafi) is using tanks and snipers to terrorize the city."

He added, "They are shooting people in the main street and on the back street."

CNN could not independently confirm reports from Misrata early Monday.

[5:57 a.m. Monday ET, 11:57 a.m. Monday in Libya] A group of supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi chanted "Down with the USA" and confronted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he was leaving the Arab League buidling in Cairo on Monday, a UN spokesman said.

Spokesman Khawla Mattar said Ban was "fine" and "it was not a serious incident." "They were not chanting anti-UN slogans. They were probably just trying to send a message through the UN," he said.

[4:21 a.m. Monday ET, 10:21 a.m. Monday in Libya] The French government disputed claims of civilian deaths in Libya from recent airstrikes.

"There is no information of killed civilians recorded by the French command," French government spokesman Francois Baroin said on the French TV channel Canal+ Monday.

Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's regime claimed that dozens of people – mostly women, children and clerics – have been killed in the international airstrikes that started Saturday.

"We must be cautious of communication campaigns and propaganda. ... This is a military operation and a communications campaign battle," Baroin said. "We have to trust what the international community is communicating."

[2:14 a.m. Monday ET, 8:14 a.m. Monday in Libya] U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said it would be "unwise" to set specific goals about targeting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi directly during attacks.

"I think that it's important that we operate within the mandate of the U.N. Security Council resolution," Gates told reporters Sunday while on a plane to Russia. "If we start adding additional objectives, then I think we create a problem in that respect.  I also think that it is unwise to set as specific goals, things that you may or may not be able to achieve."

The Security Council resolution, which passed Thursday, allows member states "to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country ... while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory," according to the United Nations.

[12:34 a.m. Monday ET, 6:34 a.m. Monday in Libya] A coalition military official has confirmed that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound was targeted by airstrikes Sunday night. The compound was targeted, the official said, because it contains capabilities to exercise command and control over Libyan forces and the coalition goal is to degrade his military capabilities. Earlier, Western journalists, including CNN's Nic Robertson, were brought inside the compound to survey the destruction.

[10:51 p.m. Sunday ET, 4:51 a.m. Monday in Libya] An announced list of the countries participating in the military coalition: The United States, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar and Spain.

U.S. officials have said they plan to hand over operational control of the military mission in coming days.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Isn't it cynical that the negative reaction of the commoditiy markets towards the crisis in Libya worries the public more than the bombing of the country itself? Well it hurts to dig deeper into one's pocket to pay for fuels etc. than to feel the suffering of those affected by this aggression.

    March 21, 2011 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • oily wars

      Gadafi compound hit. Oil prices rise. See the connection? The only connection that matters. How many do you have to kill until it goes down by $2 a barrell?

      March 21, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
  2. Corina

    This international adventure will not save lives. It will merely extend a nascent civil war. Obama and his chums are weakening Gadhafi so that the two sides can brawl on ad infinitum. Congrats!! Doesn't anybody remember how hard it was to establish a feeble democracy in Iraq – with massive American help? Doesn't anyone think of Somalia? or the Ivory Coast? Just because people want "democracy" doesn't mean it can be gien to them simply by getting rid of the "mean" dictator. It's alot harder than that. So where's the upside?

    March 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  3. Kevin

    LOL, Cnn, That video you got off you tube with those trucks shooting rockets are fake, lol, what dorks, :) And jeez, can someone just hand these guys a few weopens and tanks, ride in there and arrest this Gadaffi, please, get this over with, This could be over with in days, and we can start helping the people with medical stuff, Whats wrong with people..And stay out of other conflicts,yemen ,Seria, Bahrain, If you examine these situations close, Theres serious, Al quaida, Iran influence, If we act on these, we will be doing there work for them, Witch will make US look really stupid!!

    March 23, 2011 at 3:17 am | Reply
  4. Kevin

    Snf i keep hearing all this talk about the cost, Havent we ceized billions and billions from Ghaddafi..lol..i think the cost is covered you dorks
    .All these people you keep interviewing, and the Questions yall are asking, Have really simple solutions, Some times we really look like Dorks,Gullible Dorks..Come on,CNN cover this story with Intelligence, And skill...Quit the dorky stuff..I beleive in you..;)

    March 23, 2011 at 3:25 am | Reply
  5. Kevin

    I mean here we are, At a crucial point in History, Theres light at the end of the tunnel,Is the Muslim world finnally realizing thru new tech,I phones,Internet..That there countrys are rich, Yet none of it is coming to them or there country, that there leaders, are selfish idiots,i mean if they had any sense, They could make way more money and make there country awsome, and there people happy....Right now is not time to Post adds about people hating muslims here with that Muslim next door story, I mean i understand, Raping that South African reporter in EGypt,Chopping womens heads off for being Raped, Stoning, Killing children and cutting them open and putting bombs inside as traps for soldiers,Stabbing 3 month old babys in the heart and slicing its throat...These are things that would make people hate, We have to chose whether to Hate them or to realize that this maybe the reason all these people rising up see this and dont want it or that reputation anymore, witch is it..?

    March 23, 2011 at 3:37 am | Reply
  6. Kevin

    This would be messed up if all these countrys rising up is a cordinated effort By Alqaida and Iran to put people in Power who secretly on There side, Whats going on In Egypt and Tunisia? Maybe that where the Story really is, COme on CNN...lets See the New goverment in EGypt and Tunisia, Invite em all to meet here in AMerica, Lets talk to them, Lets find out, Before we end up with our heads stuck in our rears!

    March 23, 2011 at 3:44 am | Reply
  7. Kevin

    Its been what a week now, in Japan, I see no pictures of Aid or Help or Food arriving, I dont see Heavy Equipment moving things ,searching, I dont see Helicopters, Searching and lifting things , like the turned over ships, etc, gettin the bus off 3 story building, I mean Are these people in these shelters starving, or dieing, ARe they gettin help, WHere are these stories..COme on get to work, yah dorks..:)

    March 23, 2011 at 3:48 am | Reply
  8. Kevin

    Japan is sitting on a cliff if you look at google earth map, I mean there gonna have bad quakes, noone cares about the count anymore, quit emphasing it so much, Lets get the story on the help, and all the countries helping, Are there CHinese helping, Are there Russians helping, WHeres those pictures, WHy arent they helping, there really close, WHy arent they helping, Do they not care, Are they that Snobby, Theres a story, for Hong Kong CNN..are we afraid to tell that story..?

    March 23, 2011 at 3:52 am | Reply
  9. Kevin

    Yall covered that story of that track Hoe trying to unbury that house that people were trapped in, But never followed it up, WHos running these stories and cordination, Ive seen alot of errors, in the COverage, Whats going on guys, Step it up..Fox suks when it comes to news, There coverage is always puttin the Good guys in a Bad light, They do more damage to US than Alqaida does, They have to know, people all over the world can get this news right in there hand now, people all over the world are watching, quit making US look so bad,EVerylittle thing they Butcher US with there words, tell the Turth but do it with common sense, I wonder if Alqaid is Running Fox News, they do a better Job than Al jeerzeera at Demonising US than they do, this is Stupid and Dangerous!

    March 23, 2011 at 3:59 am | Reply
  10. Kevin

    For years and Years i see thousands and Thousands of people in the Streets of all the Muslim countrys, Dont these people have Jobs,How are they Getting money,How are they eating, WHeres the Story of this in Bengazi, Are there people working there, WHere are they getting there food,..Is there Aid landing there, WHeres the COverage, I keep seeing pictures of Jets taking off from carriers, Ok lets get past that, over and over with pictures and video of planes taking off, COme on, can we do better than that lol, Dont you have people in Bengazzi, why arent they interviewing the leaders there...I mean comeon guys!!! Lets get busy

    March 23, 2011 at 4:08 am | Reply
  11. Kevin

    These revolutionarys had most of the country, were marching towards Tripoli, But Ghaddafi pushed them back with all these Tanks and Armor, well arent they wiped out, WHy arent they taking the citys back, are they scared now,Why arent they pushing back now, they did before, and now they have our jets, whats going on here, lets go, Also it makes sense that these Allied arab countries should be marching into Benghazzi, with help, they speak the Language,, Whats the hold up, Why arent you asking these questions from these countries, Wheres those interviews, whats going on here, Are we really that stupid as humans, Maybe we are, I mean Humans need Air and water to live, So cutting down all the trees and polluting the water, Really makes us look stupid..PERIOD!!...you have all these billionaires, with family, children, doing all this, like they have another Planet for there CHildren to move to?? I mean think about it, Our country might have all this Power, and Intelligence, but i look at our Leaders, and see no common sense whatsoever, I mean its so bad i wonder if the ALiens done took over there Brains..lol..:)

    March 23, 2011 at 4:20 am | Reply
  12. Kevin

    They keep talking about this huge debt we have, Who do we owe this money to..??? Are they going to Attack US and take our gold...?? I mean come on we could pay that debt off easy...We could just add a 10 cents tax on everything that goes to that and pay it off quick, We make enough money to pay that off, its nothin..What is CHinas debt to US, where that story, can we get an interview with CHinese officials, about this, What do they think about it..Where that story, I mean are we goinna go broke, All Food,Gas, and elctricity turn off, I mean if you dont pay your elctic bill, it gets truned off, you dont pay your house payment they take your house, Is China just gonna say..well you havent paid US back, so we are gonna Take AMerica for payment, I mean seriously, whats the deal here..lol Common Sense has vanished..where did it go..Wth is going on?

    March 23, 2011 at 4:34 am | Reply
  13. Kevin

    I see your reporter, the only one who seems to have a ton of Corage in Tripoli, I see him showing the Russian rockets, and the guys run up and try to block camara, why are they blocking camara, Theres a story, whats the deal with that? EVeryone can see that was a legimate target within first minute of that coverage, you dont to keep explaining that? Also Japan, i see this story about radiation in the crops, WHat type, Can they just plow it all up and remove it, I mean ask anyone , If a professional says, That radiation is no way life threating, poses no health risk, Ask anyone, ask the Professional, would you feed it to your children, Even though you say its not dangerous, NO..noones gonna eat anything radiated, no matter how dang safe it is, get a clue..!! why havent i seen this, Just plow it up and replant, cant they do that, wheres that story..?

    March 23, 2011 at 4:44 am | Reply
  14. Kevin

    Those were some serious missles in that story from Tripoli, Im worried if This Ghaddafi is sitting in some huge bunker underground with his finger on a button now, Why am i not seeing this story...??????????? Great this huge story, right there in front of yall, and im watching stock market coverage from Egypt, The electric went off, I mean come on guys, get your heads outa ur butt, Thats meant in a loving way..:)

    March 23, 2011 at 4:48 am | Reply
  15. Kevin

    Has anyone ever asked the question, Hey maybe god put All this oil down there for a reason, Evrytime i think about it, maybe its there to keep the earth cool, Are we Vampires sucking the blood of the Earth, Cutting down the trees and replcing them with Pines, that produce verylittle oxygen, Dumping everything in the water, are we as humans that stupid, think about it? Can we create a huge mega creation that has the same effect as trees, cleans our air, Can we put a huge mega cleaning structure that truly cleans the water before it enters the ocean, Can spawn thousands of whales, they clean the oceans i heard, lets do that..? what is wrong with US, we are diggin our own graves, and our childrens.:(((

    March 23, 2011 at 4:59 am | Reply
  16. Kevin

    As far as Nuclear goes, Seems we need to just reinforce ours with one more layer of protection, not store the spent fuel rods in the building like dummies, and have solar,wind backups for power, and the problem is solved, come on guys, all these harvard,princeton,goverment cant see this, seems pretty simple, just a little common sense..O.o

    March 23, 2011 at 5:03 am | Reply
  17. Kevin

    Why isnt the Arabic nations that called for Ghaddaffi to be gone not riding into Benghazzi, They ask why arent we going into African Nations, that have these same issues, one reason is that i dont see coverage of People revolting there, Where is that coverage, Also in these countries, from what ive seen soldiers are liable to get attacked from both sides, these countries also, Have no respect from other countries, even there leaders are not about building anything, they are starving to death, have no agriculture, have nothin to build on but death, poverty, I mean a starving black women and a straving black man, have sex, bring a child in to the world so it can starve and die, they should be charged with murder, in my mind, they need leader to stand up,stand together, and show they want to create a country not a death dump, hand out some condoms to for god sake!

    March 23, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
  18. Kevin

    Why havent they dumped tons of sand on these plants and bury these plants,or sents robots into them and get these rods out and put them in water, or run hoses to them or something, I mean come on who is running this, children..? maybe build a big steel cover and cover them,my god, theres all kinds of things i could think of, whats going on?

    March 23, 2011 at 5:23 am | Reply
  19. Kevin

    The search for AMericas smelliest Sneakers, Thats what CNN comes up with, all these stories and thats it, The Human Race is Doomed!!

    March 23, 2011 at 5:25 am | Reply

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