U.S. Launches Air Strikes in Libya
U.S. Tomahawk missiles have landed in Libya. President Obama today said he has authorized "limited military action in Libya" and that "that action has now begun."
The first airstrikes will take out Gadhafi's air defenses in the western part of Libya, mostly concentrated around Tripoli and Misrata.
"Once we do that, that would open up the environment where we could enforce the no-fly zone throughout, from east to west of Libya," the official said.
The next phase will be "planes flying over Libyan airspace near Tripoli, and in the Mediterranean Sea near Benghazi. ." Also participating: The UK, Canada, France and Italy.
Obama says no ground troops will be going to Libya. On the strikes, he said today in Brazil:
This is not an outcome the U.S. or any of our partners sought...We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy."
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