Saturday, March 19, 2011

International Forces Bombard Targets in Libya

Coalition forces launch Libya assault, which Gaddafi calls "colonial, Crusader" aggression.

From Al Jazeera: US and European military forces have bombarded Libya with cruise missiles and air attacks as part of a broad international effort to enforce a UN-mandated no-fly zone more than a month after the outbreak of an uprising against longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

French jets fired the first shots on Saturday in Operation Odyssey Dawn, the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, destroying tanks and armoured vehicles in eastern Libya.

Hours later, US and British warships and submarines launched more than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya's air force.

An unnamed US national security official said the air defences of Libya have been "severely crippled" by the barrage of missile strikes.