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Gaddafi asks Obama to end air war

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is appealing to US President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2011 23:12 IST

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is appealing to US President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime.

In a letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gaddafi implores Obama to stop what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

A US official confirms that the US thinks the rambling, three-page letter is authentic.

In the letter, sent on Wednesday, Gaddafi says his country had been hurt more morally than physically by the NATO campaign, and a democratic society could not built through missiles and aircraft.

He also repeated his claim that his foes are members of al-Qaeda.

Gaddafi addresses Obama as "our son" in the letter and says he hopes Obama will win re-election in 2012.