NATO To Take Over No-Fly Zone in Libya

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Representatives from countries that are part of the coalition will meet Saturday in the United Kingdom to form a "contact group" to continue the intervention in Libya. But there's still much confusion and disagreements among the allies on who will take command.

NATO Agrees to Assume Command of Libyan No-Fly Zone

The debate over who should take over enforcing the no-fly zone had exposed frictions within the coalition.

In the United States, there has also been a vigorous debate about the lack of an end mission. Ham said that while it would be ideal to have the end goal defined, it's not surprising that it's only coming into the discussion now, considering how quickly allied forces had to act.

"We could have and obviously would have been nice to have the longer debate about eventually, what do you want to get to, what would we like to see the international community support in Libya," Ham said. "But he [Gadhafi] was slaughtering his own people. I don't think you can't stand by and have that debate about end state while he is killing his own people. By that point, it may have become a moot point."

The Pentagon on Thursday said that the total number of sorties was 175 with the number of non-U.S. flights increasing. They're targeting tanks, rocket launchers, artillery, as well as ground forces but only those operating outside of cities, pushing into Misrata, Zawiyah and Ajdabiyah.

U.S. officials say Gadhafi's allies have been reaching out to his partners across the world, but on the surface, the longtime dictator has been defiant.

U.S. officials tell ABC News that Gadhafi is increasingly anxious, constantly on the move and not knowing who to trust -- though he is being encouraged to stick it out by at least one of his sons.

"Gadhafi is not sleeping. He oscillates between crazy and then some sanity," a U.S. official said. "He is emotional and moving around a ton."

Clinton told ABC News Tuesday that there's evidence the embattled leader, through his people, is reaching out to allies around the world exploring options.

"Some of it is theater. Some of it is, you know, kind of, shall we say game playing, to try to do one message to one group, another message to somebody else," Clinton said. "A lot of it is just the way he behaves. It's somewhat unpredictable. But some of it, we think, is exploring. You know, what are my options, where could I go, what could I do. And we would encourage that."

ABC News' Huma Khan and Luis Martinez contributed to this report.

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