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War On Libya:Gaddafi faces Western-led war

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Gaddafi defies UN resolution

BY: VOR

Libya refuses to recognize a UN Security Council resolution on a ceasefire and closure of parts of the country’s airspace.
The decision came in response to the ongoing UN-mandated military operation against the regime of Col. Muammar Gaddafi being carried out by France, the US, Britain and several other western nations.  Tripoli also said it was pulling out from joint programs with the EU on dealing with illegal migration and demanded an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council

The international military operation was launched on Saturday evening with French war jets knocking out four tanks belonging to forces loyal to Gaddafi. US and British ships in the Mediterranean later fired about 100 Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense positions.

In Tripoli, the state-run television  reported  numerous coalition airstrikes on civilian facilities in big cities. Many roads, hospitals and airports have reportedly been damaged  and 48 people killed by allied strikes.

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Gaddafi demands emergency meeting on UN Libya resolution

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Libya demands an emergency meeting by the UN Security Council over the ongoing international military operation and  says it no longer recognizes Friday’s resolution by the Security Council, which forced it to declare a ceasefire.

The UN-backed international military operation, launched on Saturday, involves the US, Britain, France, Italy and Canada, with Spain due to join in shortly.

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Gaddafi declares the Med “war zone”

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Muammar Gaddafi has declared the Mediterranean a war zone  and threatens to strike out at  the region’s military and civilian installations. He also  brands as a “colonial crusade” the ongoing western military operation against his regime.

In a phoned-in message aired on state television on Sunday Gaddafi called on the African, Arab and Latin American nations  to  support Libya in what he termed as a “struggle against a common enemy”, and said he was beginning to arm the population to fight off foreign aggression.

The UN-backed military operation, involving the US, Britain, France, Italy and Canada,  was launched on Saturday. The coalition forces have already fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Libyan air defense installations and delivered numerous airstrikes on  civilian  sites in Tripoli and other big sites and on oil reservoirs in Misrata.

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France denies losing plane over Libya

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The French Air Force Command denies earlier reports by Libyan state television about a French military jet having been shot down the nation’s capital Tripoli.

The US, Britain, France, Italy and Canada are taking part in the ongoing military operation and Spain is to join in shortly.  Coalition forces have already fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Libyan air defense installations and delivered numerous airstrikes on  civilian  sites in Tripoli and other big sites and oil reservoirs in Misrata.

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French warplane shot down in Libya

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Libyan air defenders have shot down a French warplane outside the nation’s capital Tripoli. The US, Britain, France, Italy and Canada are taking part in the ongoing military operation and Spain is to join in shortly.

Coalition forces have already fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Libyan air defense installations and delivered numerous airstrikes on  civilian  sites in Tripoli and other big sites and oil reservoirs in Misrata.

There’ve been reports of many civilians already killed and injured.

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Venezuela’s Chavez condemns Libya airstrikes

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez demands an end to the international military operation in Libya where he says the US and its European partners are pursuing their own goals.

The military intervention in Libya came on Saturday following an emergency summit in Paris called by President Nicolas Sarkozy.  The western warplanes and missiles are targeting Col. Gaddafi’s forces outside the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi.

Meanwhile, Libyan state television reports massive airstrikes on civilian installations in Tripoli, Misrata, Benghazi and Zawiya.

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Missiles strike Tripoli

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A number of injured civilians are being moved out of the Libyan capital Tripoli following reported western missile attacks on the city and also on oil reservoirs in Misrata.

Earlier in the day US naval ships in the Mediterranean fired several Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense installations.

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US missiles hit targets in Libya

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US military officials have confirmed the first American tomahawk cruise missiles have been fired at targets inside Libya from ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

The move is the first direct U.S. involvement in the  international operation, meant to end attacks by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi  on opposition strongholds and enforce a U.N.-backed no-fly zone.

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French jets knock out 4 Gaddafi tanks

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French warplanes destroyed four Libyan tanks in the eastern city of Benghazi, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday evening.

The attack came shortly after a first strike on Libyan territory by France, whose leaders say they are  pursuing a two-pronged goal of protecting civilians against Gaddafi’s army and enforcing a 150 km no-fly zone around Benghazi.

The decision to intervene militarily in the Libyan conflict was made by representatives of the EU, the Arab League, the US, Canada and other countries who were meeting in Paris on Saturday.

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Russia worried by French airstrikes in Libya

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Russia is worried by the  news of French warplanes destroying four Libyan tanks in a strike on Saturday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich urged the sides in the Libyan conflict and participants in an international military operation to seek an early ceasefire and avoid unnecessary civilian deaths.  Russia also demands security for foreign diplomatic missions and their staff.

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War on Libya ‘regrettable’ – Russia

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Russia deeply regrets the Western decision to go to war with the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

A diplomatic spokesman said in Moscow Saturday that this hasty action on the Libya resolution of the UN Security Council must be pursued in a way that does not harm foreign diplomats or Libyan civilians who find themselves in the war zone.

He also reiterated the need for a solution that is achieved through peaceful dialogue between the Libyan sides.

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VOR.

 

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Military action to be launched against Libya

PARIS, March 19 (Xinhua) — Leaders from some Arab countries and main Western powers, at their Paris summit Saturday, announced the start of military action against Libyan government forces.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after the emergency summit, said France had already taken military action against Libya. “For the moment and already, our planes are over the city preventing air attacks,” he said at a press conference, adding other French planes were also ready to intervene against any threat to unarmed Libyan civilians.

“Our determination is total,” the president declared after seeing off important decision-makers attending the meeting, including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Muammar Gaddafi “has ignored the warning” of military intervention, Sarkozy said, referring to the statement issued last night by the United States, France and Britain calling a complete cease fire in Libya unless they would implement military action.

After the emergency working lunch in the Elysee Palace, the leaders decided to carry out “all necessary measures, including military” to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that imposed a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized all necessary measures to protect Libyan civilians.

“We are determined to take all necessary action, including military, consistent with UNSCR 1973, to ensure compliance with all its requirements,” said a statement issued after the summit.

The world powers are “determined to act collectively and resolutely to give full effect to these decisions,” according to the statement, underlining that this commitment is “for the long term.”

Nevertheless, Sarkozy also said the door for diplomacy will reopen if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi stops attacking civilians. “There is still time for the Colonel Gaddafi to avoid the worst without delay and without reservation,” the French president said, calling him to comply with what the international community urged.

The leaders urged Gaddafi’s force to withdraw “from all areas they have entered by force, return to their compounds and allow full humanitarian access,” the statement added.

A French official said Mirage and Rafale fighters were flying over the eastern city of Benghazi and could strike tanks of the Libyan military.

Earlier, several French reconnaissance planes were flying over Libya, a French military source said.

The warplanes took off in the afternoon from their base in eastern France. The reconnaissance mission will last all Saturday afternoon and the planes encountered no problems after overflying Libyan territory several hours.

Some other sources said before the meeting that after France took the lead to initiate the military action, Britain, Canada and the United States would join later on and Arabian nations would also follow suit, but their ways of participation were still unclear.

Earlier Saturday, Libyan government forces stormed into the rebel capital of Benghazi, apparently ignoring a proclaimed cease- fire and potentially complicating any allied military action.

Xinhua.

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