U.S.: Gaddafi not target of allied military action

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:12pm EDT

A rebel fighter gestures in front of burning vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after an air strike by coalition forces along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A rebel fighter gestures in front of burning vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after an air strike by coalition forces along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - Allied military action in Libya is aimed at protecting civilians, not targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a senior White House official said on Monday.

"It's not about regime change," the official, Ben Rhodes, told reporters on an Air Force One flight from Brazil to Chile.

(Reporting by Alister Bull and Caren Bohan, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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