American and European forces have attacked Libya by targeting Muammar Qadaffai’s air defenses and military forces with cruise missiles.
The Associated Press has just released the first news of American-European military attack on Libya. The attacks came from American and its allied European forces that used cruise missiles to target Qadafffi’s forces and air defenses. Libya’s State TV has reported that 48 people have been killed in the first attacks made by the US and its allies. The report has not been independently verified so far.
Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
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The attacks in question are said to have been made with more than Tomahawk cruise missiles that targeted more than 20 coastal points, followed by airstrikes carried out by British and French fighter planes. The military success of these attacks is not yet clear and later updates will get more details on the ground results of the offensive. Earlier, French air strikes had destroyed a number of vehicles serving the pro-Qadaffi’s forces.
Meanwhile, American President Barack Obama has said that the allies launched the attacks against Libya in order to stop Qadaffi from targeting civilians. According to NPR, President Obama said that US and its allies had no other choice but to stop Qadaffi from assaulting his own people.