Coalition attack on Gadhafi's forces: How we got here
The destroyer USS Stout launches a Tomahawk missile toward a target on Libya's coast on Saturday.
March 19th, 2011
09:32 PM ET

Coalition attack on Gadhafi's forces: How we got here

An international military coalition including France, the United States and Great Britain attacked Libyan air-defense and other military targets Saturday night in an operation that eventually will include enforcing a no-fly zone.

Libyan rebels had called on international action to help them stave off assaults by Libyan government forces on their positions in Benghazi and other enclaves. The coalition's intervention in Libya's civil war comes two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorizing the use of force, including a no-fly zone, to "protect civilians and civilian populated areas" from government attack.

Here is a look at how the situation got to this point, and what the major players are saying and doing.


Libya's civil war began last month, following protests that coincided with a larger wave of demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East against governments there.

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    March 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz7

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    March 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

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      March 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. Jazz7

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  6. Jazz7

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    March 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
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