`Time running out` for defiant Gaddafi: UK

NATO insisted there would be no let-up in its air war despite Italian calls for "an immediate humanitarian suspension of hostilities".

Tripoli: Time is running out for Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi, British Prime Minister David Cameron
on Thursday said after the strongman said he had his "back to the
wall" but vowed to battle "to the beyond."

NATO, meanwhile, insisted there would be no let-up in
its air war despite Italian calls for "an immediate
humanitarian suspension of hostilities" in Libya in order "to
create effective humanitarian corridors."

"Time is on our side, time is not on the side of
Colonel Gaddafi who`s losing his leading military commanders,"
Cameron told reporters in Prague.

"The sands of time are running out for him, and so we
need to be patient and persistent," he added.

International Criminal Court judges will on Monday
decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Gaddafi for
crimes against humanity, the court said on its website.

The ICC prosecution has requested three arrest
warrants for Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the head of
Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, the court said.

Cameron insisted this week that Britain can maintain
the current level of operations in Libya -- a campaign the
defence ministry on London said will cost around 260 million
pounds -- despite concerns raised by senior military figures.

Britain deployed Apache attack helicopters over Libya
this month in an attempt to use their formidable firepower to
break the stalemate in the fight between rebels and Gaddafi`s
forces.

"We will resist and the battle will continue to the
beyond, until you`re wiped out. But we will not be finished,"
Gaddafi said in an audio message broadcast on Libyan
television yesterday.

PTI