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. Jazz7

    sorry I'm here

    March 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazz7

    Cesar ?

    March 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazz7

    I'm sure I asked u this before but do you have FB i'm almost sure u said no , this is at times too long

    March 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar r

    No. Is it better? How are you Jazz7. You ok with my new name?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazz7

    yes , why are u calling me baby , thought u were into Banasy

    March 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar r

    We can exchange e-mails in the near future. You are in FB?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    Yes I am , Just type mary and i'm the first one on top

    March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazz7

    What kinda email all i have is Yahoo

    March 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazz7

    If you look me up on FB , the picture has a special effect , my hair is really light brown and too long at this point , time for a hair cut

    March 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar r

    Banasy is a good friend. We have similar ideologies. We are mild on the left side, we have been badly trolled-such profanity. We are good friends. This all happened before you came. She is also very level headed. I like that in a female. We just get along as Philip, Tomcat, RuffNutt, Chrissy, Raven, Veritas, and your friend Jewish swimmer from Panama, El...s"

    March 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      good like that as well makes for a more serien conversation , so what is with the email

      March 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz7

    ok, I assume your looking me up now on FB , what's up

    March 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar r

    Can you educate me on FB?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      so u dont have FB, what do you want to know

      March 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    the convesation can go much faster for one

    March 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar r

    Let's just exchange email later on. What part of NY do you live?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazz7

    Rochester new york

    March 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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