US stopped ‘‘ massacre’’
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.