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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  1. Stu Pidasole

    keep STOP!..ah keep
    er..mmm..OH WERE HERE... .!

    March 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drap

    That, is a thing of beauty... .

    March 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Offtopic

    Are we there yet?

    March 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1608

    Sarah will be in India & Israel, maybe she can stop by and kick a$$.

    March 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. American

    I'm proud of my country, this is what I think America is about. I'm sad it had to come to bombs, but when the situation demands I'm proud that my country and our allies are willing to assist and protect people fighting for their freedom.

    March 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |

      Such is to be expected from somebody like you with your obvious limitations!!! You make me want to puke!!!

      March 20, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |

      @fakenutt.. i wish we had a leader with some guts that would just start bombing other countries randomly..

      March 20, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    No doubt. And finally, the Europeans are playing a lead role. I'm proud of them, too. Maybe they'll teach us what we keep doing wrong.. I bet the French won't build bases their...

    March 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jon lok

    I guarantee that you can multiply the number of people gaddafi killed by 100x and you wont even touch the number of people the U.N and the U.S. has murdered in the last 10 years world wide !!!

    March 20, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |

      Thank you,jon lok. Nothing could be closer to the truth!!! The right-wing thugs in Washington are the true butchers on the world scene along with their NATO henchmen.

      March 20, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |

      @fakenutt usa is number one.. when the republicans take over in 12.. watch out..

      March 20, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Planet X

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    March 20, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jazz7

    @ Personny , Will we ever be able to have a real convesation with u? I promise we can also talk about Israel too

    March 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @Jazz7: Hey, stop talking to personny. Question. If you've been dating someone for over 2 years, and he shows you a decapitated head from his Black Berry ( Would you go balistic and get mad at him?

    March 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      OOO, UMMMM , I would probably be GONE , that's a little out there for me. Till next time

      March 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Gotta go Jazz7, till next time bye.

    March 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    It's funny how we went to war back in 1941 to rid the world of an Axis of Evil and we did. Now those three nations have been replaced by the U.S.,Great Britain and France. Even more ironic is that we're currently following the very same policies with the same amount of death and destruction as they did. How revolting!!!

    March 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Cesar of 8:53: They have counseling for people like you.

    March 21, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
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