U.S. Launches First Missiles Against Gaddafi Forces

USS Enterprise

U.S. Navy supercarrier USS Enterprise.

Reports CNN via the LA Times:

TRIPOLI, Libya — The U.S. military has launched its first missiles in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, a senior Defense Department official said Saturday.

Earlier, French fighter jets deployed over Libya fired at a military vehicle on Saturday, the country’s first strike against Moammar Gadhafi’s military forces who earlier attacked the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

The French Defense Ministry, which confirmed the strike, said its attack aircraft being used to take out tanks and artillery have deemed Benghazi and the surrounding area an “exclusion zone.”

The French are using surveillance aircraft and two frigates in the operation to protect civilians. The aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle will soon depart Toulon, France.

“Our air force will oppose any aggression by Colonel Gadhafi against the population of Benghazi,” said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking after an international, top-level meeting in Paris over the Libyan crisis.

“As of now, our aircraft are preventing planes from attacking the town,” he said, calling the intervention a “grave decision.”

Read More: CNN via the LA Times

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  • Anonymous

    On the anniversary of the Iraq War…..If the moon is any omen, it is a bad one

  • MoralDrift

    On the anniversary of the Iraq War…..If the moon is any omen, it is a bad one

  • dante666

    Heeeeeere we go again!

  • dante666

    Heeeeeere we go again!

  • Kali23Yuga

    Meanwhile, in Bahrain…

  • Kali23Yuga

    Meanwhile, in Bahrain…

  • War Skeptic

    The Western no-fly, no-ship and no-drive attacks on the Gadhafi regime has nothing to do with an interest in oil — its about altruism and compassion for the oppressed Libyan people in rebellion against the Gadhafi regime. No on-the-ground offers have been made to the insurgent provisional government recognized by France (with a very large Arab and Arabic-speaking population for recruiting and planting undercover political agents), or other potential other new regime leaders, for weapons, medical and food supplies and financial assistance, and rebels forces and leaders have not promised favored thank-you oil deals for regime-change assistance. The bulk of the oil fields and oil extraction industry, the source of Libya’s main income, is not in eastern Libya, the area from which the Gadhafi regime troops have been ordered to retreat — marketers and credit companies do not know when one has secured a job, graduated from college, come into an inheritance, won the lottery or retired with a supplemental pension plan. The insurgency of eastern Libya is not being accorded Western military interventionist protection and support that is not being given to the long-term black-African civilian genocidal and slaughter victims of rogue governments, marauding tribal goons and terrorist guerrilla armies in Southern Sudan, Cote d’ Ivore, the Congo and Sierra Leone. Once the Gadhafi regime is deposed, Western bankers and corporate interests will not chum up to Libya with generous loans, products of every kind for export to there and development and contractor deals for rebuilding much of Libya to the new central government and subordinate governments of Libya. The Western-nations-controlled World Bank and International Monetary Fund will not be among these and will advocate caring populous economic policies to better the health and economic quality of life of the deprived and oppressed particularly people of eastern Libya, like the do for all of their client nations. Ex-patriots will not return back to Libya in droves to attempt to politically reconstruct and lead Libya and glom on to and broker the oil-wealth potential of Libya and many are not already in contact with rebel sources by internet and telecommunications prodding on the insurgency. If all of the Middle Eastern oligarchical oil regimes are overthrown by Western encouraged populism, not disparaged in their own increasingly libertarian-leaning nations, that does not mean that the replacement regimes will become Western debt, export-market and redevelopment and oil-extraction management clients, and that Western nations might try to control the availability and expense of oil to rising economic competitor nations, especially economic giants China and India.

  • War Skeptic

    The Western no-fly, no-ship and no-drive attacks on the Gadhafi regime has nothing to do with an interest in oil — its about altruism and compassion for the oppressed Libyan people in rebellion against the Gadhafi regime. No on-the-ground offers have been made to the insurgent provisional government recognized by France (with a very large Arab and Arabic-speaking population for recruiting and planting undercover political agents), or other potential other new regime leaders, for weapons, medical and food supplies and financial assistance, and rebels forces and leaders have not promised favored thank-you oil deals for regime-change assistance. The bulk of the oil fields and oil extraction industry, the source of Libya’s main income, is not in eastern Libya, the area from which the Gadhafi regime troops have been ordered to retreat — marketers and credit companies do not know when one has secured a job, graduated from college, come into an inheritance, won the lottery or retired with a supplemental pension plan. The insurgency of eastern Libya is not being accorded Western military interventionist protection and support that is not being given to the long-term black-African civilian genocidal and slaughter victims of rogue governments, marauding tribal goons and terrorist guerrilla armies in Southern Sudan, Cote d’ Ivore, the Congo and Sierra Leone. Once the Gadhafi regime is deposed, Western bankers and corporate interests will not chum up to Libya with generous loans, products of every kind for export to there and development and contractor deals for rebuilding much of Libya to the new central government and subordinate governments of Libya. The Western-nations-controlled World Bank and International Monetary Fund will not be among these and will advocate caring populous economic policies to better the health and economic quality of life of the deprived and oppressed particularly people of eastern Libya, like the do for all of their client nations. Ex-patriots will not return back to Libya in droves to attempt to politically reconstruct and lead Libya and glom on to and broker the oil-wealth potential of Libya and many are not already in contact with rebel sources by internet and telecommunications prodding on the insurgency. If all of the Middle Eastern oligarchical oil regimes are overthrown by Western encouraged populism, not disparaged in their own increasingly libertarian-leaning nations, that does not mean that the replacement regimes will become Western debt, export-market and redevelopment and oil-extraction management clients, and that Western nations might try to control the availability and expense of oil to rising economic competitor nations, especially economic giants China and India.

  • Anonymous

    The response and care to be taken has everything to do with rebuilding a terribly tarnished image fater Iraq and Afghanistan. The US will be careful not to take a leadership role but be an equal partner only, leaving many decisions to the Europeans and currently stable Arab countries.
    Gaddafi was already at the limit of his capabilities barely able to hold what he had let alone subdue further territory. Now he will have to worry about attacks from behind the ‘front line’ even in Tripoli. It is only a matter of time before he is dead or attempts a cut and run. It is hard to imagine where he could run to now after his actions.

  • rtb61

    The response and care to be taken has everything to do with rebuilding a terribly tarnished image fater Iraq and Afghanistan. The US will be careful not to take a leadership role but be an equal partner only, leaving many decisions to the Europeans and currently stable Arab countries.
    Gaddafi was already at the limit of his capabilities barely able to hold what he had let alone subdue further territory. Now he will have to worry about attacks from behind the ‘front line’ even in Tripoli. It is only a matter of time before he is dead or attempts a cut and run. It is hard to imagine where he could run to now after his actions.

  • Guest

    US fires 124 tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya at $600,000 each and we’re arguing about teacher’s salaries? #priorities

  • Guest

    US fires 124 tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya at $600,000 each and we’re arguing about teacher’s salaries? #priorities

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