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Should the UK sanction the assassination of Colonel Gaddafi?

DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox has said making Col Gaddafi a target during raids by allied forces could “potentially be a possibility”.

The UN resolution allows “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, while ruling out a foreign occupation.

Dr Fox told BBC Radio 5 live targeting Col Gaddafi himself was possible, if civilian deaths could be avoided.

But US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said he thought targeting Col Gaddafi was “unwise”.

Dr Fox was asked whether Col Gaddafi was a legitimate target during an interview on BBC Radio 5 live’s Pienaar’s Politics show.

He replied: “Well, that would potentially be a possibility but you mention immediately one of the problems we would have, which is that you would have to take into account any civilian casualties that might result from that.

“And at all times we are very careful to avoid that for its humanitarian reasons, but also for the propaganda reasons that it would provide for the regime itself, I’m not at all surprised that they’re talking about civilian casualties, I would be very surprised if they weren’t.”