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Latest Libya Items
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the initial hours of the U.S.-led air and missile assault on the forces of Libya's Col. Moammar Gadhafi have gone well, but "there is a great deal still to be done."
The U.S.-led international military assault on Libya could achieve its stated goals without forcing Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday as the bombing campaign continued.
Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces attacked the eastern city of Benghazi, the heart of the rebellion against the regime, and heavy fighting was reported from the western city of Misurata on Saturday.
American warplanes, ships and submarines prepared to launch a furious assault on Libya's limited air defenses Saturday, clearing the way for European and other planes to enforce a no-fly zone designed to ground Moammar Gadahfi's air force and cripple his ability to inflict further violence on rebels, U.S. officials said.
Saying the world cannot "stand idly by" as Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi brutalizes civilians, President Obama on Saturday said he had no choice but to authorize military strikes to help enforce a U.N.-authorized no-fly zone.
President Barack welcomed Brazil's rise as an economic power and said the United States would be an eager customer for its oil exports as he opened a Latin America tour Saturday against the backdrop of an escalating Western military showdown with Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
French fighter jets fired the first shots at Moammar Gadhafi's troops on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.
Moammar Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5-week-old uprising on Saturday, sending troops, artillery and warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Crashing shells shook buildings, and the sounds of battle drew closer to Benghazi's center.
Libya's prime minister told his Turkish counterpart in a phone call Thursday night that Tripoli was implementing a cease-fire, according to a senior Turkish official.