March 19, 2011
France over Benghazi.
Well, the French seem to have already put their money on the table, as Libya live blog (guardian.co.uk) reports French aircraft already patroling over Benghazi.
I hope the rebels don't accidentally soot at one.
4.35pm: I've just spoken to my colleague Chris McGreal in Benghazi where rebel forces have pushed back Gaddafi's forces from the city after intense fighting in which scores of civilians and fighters were killed.
He says there is a real wariness among the rebels that Gaddafi's forces were able to penetrate the city's defences and take over areas of what has been the main rebel stronghold in Libya since the uprising began.
Many residents also feel let down by the West because it delayed taking military action after the UN resolution was passed. They believe they will not be safe until Gaddafi is deposed or dead.
4.15pm: Here's a summary of events this afternoon
•Military action has begun against Libya, with French jets seen in the skies over Benghazi. Six Danish F-16s have arrived at the US air base at Sigonella, Sicily on Saturday and will be ready for operation Sunday. Canada has committed six CF-18 jets,and Canadian aircraft landed at the Prestwick Airport south-west of Glasgow, Scotland to refuel.
It's begun. The Benghazi residents shouldn't feel let down, in fact they're damned lucky people are betting on them. Now they have to get their acts together.
BBC: BBC News - Live: Libya crisis
1748: French aircraft have destroyed four Libyan tanks in air strikes to the south-west of Benghazi, Al-Jazeera television has reported.This may stop Benghazi, but.... unless the rebels get organized, the Guide can always swing around and outflank (or enter into city and allow confusion to give them cover - both sides same equip...)
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The No Fly Zone Resolution should disable all the fighter jets the madman has in his position.A¬ll his tanks and military vehicles should also be destroyed to ensure a level plane field.Fina¬lly, all the frozen assets of Gaddafi and his henchmen should immediatel¬y be transferre¬d to the opposition group so it can purchase defensive armaments needed badly.
Posted by: Atlanta Roofing at March 21, 2011 02:38 AM
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Posted by: alle at March 21, 2011 06:05 PM
The truth is that President Reagan wanted to bombard Tripoli back in the 1990s after the terrorist attacks had beend committed by Kadhafi's people but it was the French leaders who didn't approve of this decision.
Posted by: Julie Kinnear at March 21, 2011 06:20 PM
The power Gadhafi holds over the people of Libya is the military. The Libyan military capability is being decimated. If Gadhafi advances the military on civilians, the Libyan military will be further decimated. Much of the military has also already defected. As in Egypt, if the military stands down, Gadhafi's reign could end. As in Egypt, the future of Libya lies in the hands of the military. The Libyan military may decide the fate of Libya.
Posted by: Atlanta Roofing at March 22, 2011 02:40 AM