Gates: US might cede no-fly control by Saturday

(AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he can'tpredict when the international military enforcement of a no-flyzone over Libya might end, but that the U.S. could turn overcontrol of the operation as soon as Saturday.

Gates says no one thought the assault would last only two orthree weeks, but he could not say how the coalition operation mightbe resolved.

Gates said Wednesday the goals of the operation against Libyanleader Moammar Gadhafi are clear - establishing a no-fly zone andpreventing Gadhafi from slaughtering his own people. Yet Gates hadno answer when asked about a possible stalemate that could occur ifGadhafi hunkers down, and the coalition has no U.N. authorizationto target him.

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