NATO commander: Gadhafi could leave under pressure

By Donna Cassata

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 29 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — A top NATO commander says there is a reasonable chance Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will go under pressure from the U.S. and its partners.

Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told a congressional panel Tuesday that if the U.S. and its partners "work all elements of power there's more than a reasonable chance of Gadhafi leaving."

Stavridis said there are several possibilities, including a stalemate or "Gadhafi cracking." He said a stalemate would not be in the U.S. interest.

Stavridis described the transition to NATO control.

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