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Gadhafi’s air force reportedly crippled

British commander says allies will now target Libyan armed forces


 

The skies over Libya are free for allies to roam now that Moammar Gadhafi’s air force “no longer exists,” according to Vice-Marshall Greg Begwell of Britain’s Royal Air Force. The British commander said that allied forces will now focus their pressure on the Libyan armed forces, who would be attacked “whenever they threaten civilians or attack population centres.” Allied aircraft have flown over 300 sorties and fired more than 162 cruise missiles since Operation Odyssey Dawn began on March 19. Heavy fighting continues near the rebel-held city of Misrata, where new air strikes were launched and sniper fire was reported. One Misrata resident said pro-Gadhafi snipers were targeting civilians. On Tuesday, Gadhafi addressed a crowd of supporters in Tripoli, urging “all Islamic armies” to join his forces. NATO has also begun its blockade of the Libyan coastline, and will search vessels for arms shipments in order to enforce a UN embargo against the Gadhafi regime.

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Gadhafi’s air force reportedly crippled

  1. I am getting fed up with people complaining about the military action taken in Libya but it's getting hard to defend this…

    It's a no-fly zone, not a "defend the civilians zone"!! I'm all for defending innocents, but if there's a mission mandate you go by the mandate. If you want to change the mandate then you let people know.

  2. I am getting fed up with people complaining about the military action taken in Libya but it's getting hard to defend this…

    It's a no-fly zone, not a "defend the civilians zone"!! I'm all for defending innocents, but if there's a mission mandate you go by the mandate. If you want to change the mandate then you let people know.

    • Actually, the mandate is "defend civilians", as in section 4 of the resolution:
      4. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council;

      • Thanks for clarifying that.

        I should have done my research

        • Olivier, don't feel bad! A lot of us were mislead. A lot of catchy phrases like "a no-fly zone will level the playing field" have suckered many of us into believing that that was all they were going to do. Next time we must remember to read the fine print!

        • No problem, its not the clearest of documents, as is typical of the UN.

  3. Actually, the mandate is "defend civilians", as in section 4 of the resolution:
    4. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to the Security Council;

  4. The mentality of the rest of Islamic countries, their clerics, government officials, and many of their people are way below that of children. They wanted help in curtailing the violent tendencies of Gadaffi and other despots towards their citizens but are unwilling to lift their own pinkies nor want to face the consequences of those help. They really believe that the west have to swallow the heavy lifting, spend the lives of their soldiers, and the severe cost of such help without repayment. When are these people ever going to grow up and grow brains for a change? Their attitude are so shameful that the word Islamic "brother" is just used as a means of propaganda, a waste of saliva better left being spitted out. Shame!

  5. The mentality of the rest of Islamic countries, their clerics, government officials, and many of their people are way below that of children. They wanted help in curtailing the violent tendencies of Gadaffi and other despots towards their citizens but are unwilling to lift their own pinkies nor want to face the consequences of those help. They really believe that the west have to swallow the heavy lifting, spend the lives of their soldiers, and the severe cost of such help without repayment. When are these people ever going to grow up and grow brains for a change? Their attitude are so shameful that the word Islamic "brother" is just used as a means of propaganda, a waste of saliva better left being spitted out. Shame!

    • When are these people ever going to grow up…

      As long as the adults keep supporting their childish ways, why would they? Western countries seem a lot like the sixty-somethings letting their middle-aged single son with a so-so job keep gaming his way through life rent-free in the basement. When he's not at the regional Trekkers convention, of course.

      • I can't believe that cooperation (by action not sound bites alone) is not demanded as a must and none optional. Any country that does not contribute to their own demands of help should be made to relinquish their seats and votes in any UN council and be made to pay financially the bigger portion of the staging of such rescue.
        These buffoons of Islamic officials were not only asking for help, and stood by doing nothing but have the gall to just criticize when something goes not according to plan. Why not use them all as cannon fodders; it could save us more ammunition and headaches.
        Just wishing I could throw my very smelly shoes to the lot of them.

  6. Thanks for clarifying that.

    I should have done my research

  7. When are these people ever going to grow up…

    As long as the adults keep supporting their childish ways, why would they? Western countries seem a lot like the sixty-somethings letting their middle-aged single son with a so-so job keep gaming his way through life rent-free in the basement. When he's not at the regional Trekkers convention, of course.

  8. I can't believe that cooperation (by action not sound bites alone) is not demanded as a must and none optional. Any country that does not contribute to their own demands of help should be made to relinquish their seats and votes in any UN council and be made to pay financially the bigger portion of the staging of such rescue.
    These buffoons of Islamic officials were not only asking for help, and stood by doing nothing but have the gall to just criticize when something goes not according to plan. Why not use them all as cannon fodders; it could save us more ammunition and headaches.
    Just wishing I could throw my very smelly shoes to the lot of them.

  9. Olivier, don't feel bad! A lot of us were mislead. A lot of catchy phrases like "a no-fly zone will level the playing field" have suckered many of us into believing that that was all they were going to do. Next time we must remember to read the fine print!

  10. No problem, its not the clearest of documents, as is typical of the UN.

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