Nato forces are trying to kill Colonel Gaddafi, the top U.S. commander in the Libyan conflict has admitted.
Admiral Samuel Locklear told senior American politicians air strikes were designed to kill the Libyan leader, despite White House reassurances that this was not the aim.
Such a goal would not be authorised by the UN mandate for the attacks.
Admiral Locklear is the most senior figure to claim Gaddafi is a target.
Critics said the admission was further evidence of ‘mission creep’ and that Nato was breaking the rules of engagement.