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Qatari Leader Says Gadhafi Must Leave Power

Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the United States and NATO continue to enforce a no-fly zone over Moammar Gadhafi's Libya they are joined by one country with a tiny air force: Qatar.

The small but very rich country on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula was the first Arab county to join the U.N. effort to support the rebel forces in Libya. And while the Qataris are used to striking a delicate balance in the Middle East, the stakes have never been higher.

“We decided to take this position after we see that Gadhafi is using air force, using all the heavy artillery against his people,” Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin al-Thanisim al-Thani said on ABC's This Week.

Al-Thani is adamant that the Libyan conflict must end with Gadhafi’s removal.

"For us, the decision (to support the rebels) is as long as is necessary," he said. "The people of Libya and the international community will not accept any solution except that he leave power."

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