The divide in Washington over how to proceed in Libya widened Sunday, as a prominent GOP lawmaker called for NATO to turn Predator drones on Muammar al-Qaddafi while others suggested giving the rebels more space to topple the regime in Tripoli.

The debate intensified as the Libyan government claimed the Western-led coalition had already made an assassination attempt against Qaddafi. Though NATO would not confirm it, a Qaddafi spokesman said a missile strike in Tripoli killed one of Qaddafi’s sons and other relatives. The spokesman said Qaddafi and his wife were in the building but unharmed.

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