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Allied Bombing Campaign in Libya Begins

Allied forces – including those of The United States, Great Britain and France – bombarded Libyan air defenses, airfields and ground forces in the start of the activation of the UN Security Council’s resolution to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas. Bombed out tanks and armored vehicles belonging to Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s military littered the streets surrounding Benghazi, a rebel stronghold. The attacks also jammed Libyan military communications, part of an orchestrated campaign to disable Gaddafi’s prime advantage in the months-long civil war: coordinated air and ground power vs. a determined, yet unsophisticated opposition. Admiral Mike Mullen – Chairman of the U.S.’s Joint Chief of Staff – commented that allied operations went very well on their first day and that a no-fly-zone is now effectively in place. No indication of the length of the bombing campaign is apparent; regardless, Col. Gaddafi issued forceful vows of revenge.

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