US stopped ‘‘ mas­sacre’’

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A DE­FI­ANT Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has told Amer­i­cans he had stopped a ‘‘ mas­sacre’’ in Libya but bluntly warned that try­ing to oust Muam­mar Gaddafi by force could re­peat the car­nage that hap­pened in Iraq. ‘‘ As pres­i­dent, I re­fused to wait for the im­ages of slaugh­ter and mass graves be­fore tak­ing ac­tion,’’ Obama said, mount­ing a ro­bust de­fence of his de­ci­sion to rain deadly air strikes on Gaddafi’s troops in a UN­man­dated bid to pro­tect civil­ians. Obama spoke af­ter Libyan rebels, en­abled by elab­o­rate and ham­mer­ing air at­tacks by in­ter­na­tional fighter jets, grabbed back gov­ern­men­theld ter­ri­tory. Obama’s ad­dress to Amer­i­cans was on the eve of a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Lon­don ded­i­cated to Libya’s fu­ture.

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