Libya: Obama warns of military action
Washington - US President Barack Obama on Friday warned of military action if Muammar Gaddafi refused to honor a tough UN resolution, saying world powers are concerned the Libyan leader would commit atrocities.
"Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Gaddafi would commit atrocities against his people," Obama said.
"Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue."
The US leader said he would deploy US forces to support a no-fly zone against Libya, but left uncertain the full scope of American military involvement in any action.
He made clear, however, that no US ground troops would be deployed in Libya and that US action would be based on the need to protect civilians.
Obama said that if Gaddafi failed to honor the UN Security Council resolution passed on Thursday he would face "consequences".
"These terms are not subject to negotiation. If Gaddafi does not comply with the resolution, the international community will impose consequences. The resolution will be enforced through military action."