French military jets are already flying over the country, to enforce the UN backed no-fly zone. Foreign leaders meeting in Paris said they're ready to do whatever it takes to stop Colonel Gaddafi targeting civilian areas. Reports from Libya, suggest forces loyal to Gaddafi are carrying out attacks on the rebel stronghold city of Benghazi, despite the government ceasefire. RT's Paula Slier is in Tripoli.
At a meeting in Paris, French president Nicholas Sarkozy said his country's planes are now over the town of Benghazi, preventing any attacks against civilians. RT correspondent Daniel Bushell reports
Fresh French Air Strike Destroys 4 Gaddafi Tanks near Libya's Benghazi.
Novinite.com World | March 19, 2011, Saturday
French fighter jets have carried out a second strike against targets of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi Saturday night.
Earlier on Saturday, France was the one to give the start of the Western-led military intervention in Libya to enforce a no-fly zone in the North African country approved two days ago by the UN Security Council as Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is fighting a popular uprising.
The international military intervention is intended to prevent Gaddafi from using his aviation to strike on the rebels and on civilians. At the same time, it appears to have saved the rebels as the Gaddafi forces have been closing in on the rebel capital Benghazi.
The second air strike carried out by French fighter jets Saturday night has destroyed four tanks of the Gaddafi forces southwest of Benghazi, Al Jazeera reported, citing a source on the ground.
The French strike on military equipment of the Gaddafi loyalists indicates that the ceasefire on the ground declared on Friday by the dictator's regime as a counter-measure to the planned international intervention might not have been properly observed.
The announcement of the ceasefire by the Gaddafi regime was followed with numerous reports from the rebel lines that Gaddafi forces continue to attack them.
Meanwhile, reports citing anonymous US officials have indicated that the US plans to leave most of the air strikes on its partners such as France and the UK, and to focus on targeting Gaddafi's air defenses with cruise missiles.
Last Edit: Mar 19, 2011 16:37:52 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Well Gaddafi may have been recently friendly with the West, but one thing is a fact, he never condoned the severing of Kosovo from Serbia, and he is certainly not going to do it after this. The rebels on the other hand are an unknown quantity.
Anyway lets hope for Western losses and that they bankrupt themselves, that is the main thing. Everyone wish the Libyan AA batteries a keen sight and a steady hand!
The Western politicians start a war without a fucking clue what they are doing and what they want.
The West did encourage the rebels, so in my opinion he had an obligation to help them before they get massacred. But this now is an aggression that reminds me of NATO's earlier ones. It was foreseeable, yes.
U.S. not putting any ground forces in Libya - Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that the United States will not deploy any ground forces in Libya.
"As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We are not putting any ground forces into Libya," Obama said in a radio address.
Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said earlier on Saturday that any foreign military ground operations in Libya will be considered as occupying the country.
"Holding [military] ground operations will be qualified as occupying Libya and that directly contradicts the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council," Rogozin told RIA Novosti.
The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, also permitting "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.
The operation to enforce the no-fly zone, codenamed Odyssey Dawn , is being conducted jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.
Though the United States helped in the initial command of implementing a no-fly zone over Libya, it has been pressing to turn the command duties over to NATO.
"Our military mission in Libya is clear and focused. Along with our allies and partners, we're enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. We're protecting the Libyan people from Gaddafi's forces. And we've put in place a no fly zone and other measures to prevent further atrocities," Obama said.
Western warplanes have flown more than 300 sorties over the North African country and fired 162 Tomahawk missiles in the UN-mandated mission. Libyan state media outlets have reported that dozens of people have been killed by the airstrikes.
WASHINGTON, March 26 (RIA Novosti)
US Said to Have Launched Land Operation in Libya as NATO Takes Over.
Novinite.com World | March 26, 2011, Saturday
US forces are rumored to be already present on the ground in Libya, despite official sources saying the States have no intention to carry out a land operation.
This information was released by American channel Fox News, refering to reserve colonel David Hand, according to whom the Pentagon is not carrying out massive air strikes against Libya since there are US forces already present on the ground.
American soldiers have been in Libya for 12 days, according to Hant, whose statements were confermed by US intelligence colonel Tony Scheffer.
At the same time, Reuters reports that within 72 hours NATO is expected to completely take over the command on the operation carried out officially to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.
The center of command is expected to be the Turkish military base in Izmir. The operation head will be Canadian general Charles Bouchard.
Earlier RIA Novosti had reported that the international coalition carrying out the Libya operation is "actively developing a plan" for a land invasion set to start end of April.
Last Edit: Mar 26, 2011 7:01:40 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 31, 2011 14:50:21 GMT -5
Here's one way we are "winners" tourism in Croatia n Bulgaria win
Bulgaria to Hit Jackpot with Russian Tourists over Arab Unrest.
Novinite.com Tourism | March 31, 2011, Thursday
Bulgaria can expects hundreds of thousands more Russian tourists than it welcomed in 2010 as the unrest in top Mediterranean destinations such as Tunisia and Egypt will redirect their summer holidays.
This is the forecast of RATA News, the daily online paper of the Russian Union of Tourism Industry in an article entitled "Bulgaria Awaited Its Moment in the Sun".
The paper cites Bulgarian tour operators as saying that the Russian tourists should not expect much in terms of special offers to attract them simply because the unrest in the Arab countries will channel more tourists – both Russian and Western European – to the Bulgarian resorts than usual.
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