Hunt for Gadhafi: Saddam all over again?

August 30, 2011 - 3:15 AM
Mideast Libya

People demonstrate against Moammar Gadhafi at the Green Square in Tripoli, Libya, late Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Gadhafi's wife and three of his children fled Libya to neighboring Algeria on Monday, firm evidence that the longtime leader has lost his grip on the country. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) is on the run, his hometown under siege.

Now the pressure is on the rebels to capture Gadhafi before he can mount a revenge assault or inspire an insurgency that could last for years.

Gadhafi's wife and three of his children fled to Algeria on Monday. But there's no indication Gadhafi has left.

As U.S. forces learned in the 9-month-long manhunt for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (sah-DAHM' hoo-SAYN') in 2003, intelligence will be key to finding him.

But the rebels have limited intelligence help from NATO — and the White House has signaled it won't add to CIA intelligence assets there. That's according to three U.S. officials, speaking anonymously to discuss intelligence matters.

So the rebels may have to hope Gadhafi makes a mistake.