Clinton: Even if Gadhafi gone, challenges ahead for Libya
October 20th, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Clinton: Even if Gadhafi gone, challenges ahead for Libya

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Moammer Gadhafi’s capture or killing in Sirte, Libya would Gadhafi’s capture would “add legitimacy and relief to the formation of a new government.”

“There was a concerted effort by Libyans to liberate Sirte and it’s been going very well,” Clinton said in an interview Thursday with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty in Kabul, Afghanistan just as the reports from Libya were emerging.

Clinton was not able to confirm the reports herself during the interview due to the conflicting reports coming out of Libya.

Clinton visited the Libyan capitol of Tripoli earlier this week to meet with NTC leaders and to congratulate the country on the progress the country has made.  She was the highest U.S. government official to visit Libya since 2008.

In her discussions with Libya’s governing National Transitional Council, Clinton said NTC leaders told her they wanted to wait until Sirte was completely free before they declared the country as being completely liberated.

“They knew if he was at large, they would have continued security problems,” she said.

Even if the reports on Gadhafi are true, Clinton said there will still be challenges ahead for Libya with mercenaries and fighters loyal to Gadhafi still on the scene.

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