jpg «> To discuss plans for military intervention by the French president on Saturday urgently gathered at the Elysee Palace representative summit of U.S. and EU, as well as representatives of the UN and Arab countries. Immediately upon its completion has started a military operation: the French fighters went protected Benghazi.
Operation against the regime of Gaddafi began on the eve of eighth birthday anniversary of the invasion of American troops in Iraq.
A few hours later it was reported that the operation in Libya joined Washington. Following the Paris talks Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the United States have not yet participated in military operations in Libya, but will need its allies with military assistance.
The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. and British forces launched a large-scale bombardment, firing 110 cruise missiles, Tomahawk ( «Tomahawk ») on two dozen facilities Libyan air defenses. According to sources in the U.S. military, first came under fire from anti-aircraft sites near Tripoli and Misraty.
According to the TV Fox News, rocket attacks should pave the way for coalition aircraft to ensure adherence to a comprehensive ban flights over Libya.
President Barack Obama at the same time reiterated that the U.S. does not intend to send ground troops into Libya.
BROAD COALITION FOR FORCED ACTION
Obama, who in 2009 received the Nobel Peace Prize «extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy », also stressed that the military operation was a necessary measure.
«The use of force was not our first option for » – Obama said, explaining that the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has not complied with the requirements of resolution 1973, but because the lives of innocent Libyans are increasingly exposed to danger.
«I want to make clear: we are part of a broad coalition, » – he stressed.
«The U.S., Britain, France, Italy and Canada have struck along the entire coast of Libya, » – said the coalition a senior Pentagon official, quoted by U.S. media.
Official confirmation of the participation of Rome and Ottawa in the transactions has not yet been reported.
Total in the Mediterranean Sea are about 25 ships and submarines of the international coalition, including three U.S. Navy ships with Tomahawk missiles on board, some of them – in close proximity to the coast of Libya.
British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the military operations in Libya joined the Royal Air Force fighter jets the United Kingdom. Earlier, British authorities reported that participation in the transaction will be allocated fighter type Tornado «and » Typhoon ».
«Gaddafi ignored the will of the UN and the international coalition is trying to protect the population of Libya … What we do need to legally and properly, » — said Cameron.
The operation involved and the British Navy: submarine-type «Trafalgar » launched Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense systems, reported on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence.
The intention to join the coalition announced as Spain, Qatar and the UAE. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that in the next few hours to send in aid to allies tanker Boeing 707 and four F-18 fighter.
«Four Air Force F-18 will perform the tasks of air patrols. They will fly out tonight at an Italian base, so that later it set up a coalition » — said Zapatero.
Spain also intends to send to Libya a patrol aircraft of its Navy frigate F-100 and U-boat.
Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani has said it will participate in the actions of the coalition to stop the bloodshed, since the events in Libya have grown into a real war, with the participation of mercenaries.
«We do not focus on the Libyan people, or even against Colonel Qaddafi and his sons … Qatar will take part in military operations because we believe that Arab states must support these actions as the situation there (in Libya) is unacceptable, » – he said.
OPEN STORES, OPEN FIRE, OPEN BORDERS!
Calling the actions of Western countries, «the crusaders and the aggression of the colonialists, » Gaddafi said that «the Libyan people will face this aggression with all the courage, perseverance and the help of God ». He was also ordered to open the armories for local residents, «to defend the independence of Libya ».
In this case, Gaddafi called on the people of Arab, Islamic, African and Latin American countries to support the «heroic Libyan people ».
It is noteworthy that in contrast to previous speeches, Gaddafi called on the nation does not live, and in writing. Moreover, television has not shown the picture with the leader of the Libyan revolution, but only broadcast the audio recording.
Then controlled by Al-Qadhafi Libyan units resumed firing Benghazi.
According to the TV «Al-Jazeera, » the Libyan military used tanks and settings «City ». City residents are hiding from shelling in the mosques.
Libya has also announced the termination of cooperation with the European Union in combating illegal migration from Africa.
The problem of illegal migration in recent years has been for the EU countries are extremely acute. It is an extensive Mediterranean Libyan border is the starting point for thousands of illegal immigrants each year storming the Mediterranean European countries in search of work and a better life.
In 2010, Libya – the main staging post in the way of African migrants in the EU – in law brought it illegal migration into the category of criminal offenses, but now that assistance from the EU under threat.
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