Top Talker: NATO admits air strike hit civilians in Libya

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In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, members of the media and others examine the remains of a damaged residential building in Tripoli, Libya Sunday, June 19, 2011. The Libyan government accused NATO of bombing a residential neighborhood in the capital and killing civilians early Sunday, adding to its charges that the alliance is striking nonmilitary targets.
In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, members of the media and others examine the remains of a damaged residential building in Tripoli, Libya Sunday, June 19, 2011. The Libyan government accused NATO of bombing a residential neighborhood in the capital and killing civilians early Sunday, adding to its charges that the alliance is striking nonmilitary targets.
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For the first time in Libya’s three month old conflict, NATO is confirming that an errant air strike accidentally hit and may have killed civilians. 

NATO admits that a “weapon system failure” caused a missile to go astray, destroying a civilian home in Tripoli. 

In a statement, the operation’s commander said, “NATO regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives and takes great care in conducting strikes against a regime determined to use violence against its own citizens.”

Following the attack, the Libyan foreign minister called for Muslims to initiate a “global jihad against the oppressive criminal west.”

Meanwhile, the House is likely to vote this week to limit funding for military efforts in Libya.  It’s said to be part of a push-back against the White House, which did not seek Congress’ approval for the mission. 

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says he opposes a plan from members of his own party to cut funding.  Yesterday on “Meet the Press”,  he said “the President needs to step up his game in Libya, but Congress should sort of shut up and not empower Khaddafy.”

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Top Talker: NATO admits air strike hit civilians in Libya

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