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

    what part of texas do you live in again

    March 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar r

    I admire people from NY. Tough city.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I would love to end up by the water in the south though , the beach is truly me , I am surprised though ppl who start off as friends often make the best couple,

      March 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar r

    I live south of San Antonio, Texas.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazz7

    are u texting on your phone , why is it taking so long to post

    March 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar r

    The water is nice.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazz7

    what's in your future Cesar , were do you see yourself going

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

    u still there

    March 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar r

    My past, present, and future involve being an educator and private industry. When do we exchange emails?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I thought u wanted to do that later , when do u want to

      March 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      sorry didnt look at the ? , yes why are we doing this at the end of the year and not now

      March 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar r

    Sorry I take long-Im thinking and I proofread all my posts. How about in 2 weeks???

    March 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz7

    that's fine , tell more about yourself and i will do the same, u first.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar r

    Cuz who else is reading this, what if they get our e-mail?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    I am 46 as u know, and work in patient accounts at a hospital. not my first choice but I will be making some changes over the next year with my education and job. I want to get myself into position to move down south some were, not sure where yet though . what kind of education are you talking about ?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar r

    OK, I prefer females, I like cook outs and beer, I am not an achoholic, I hate illegal drugs. I have never been arrested. Now you, 5 things.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I like gentleman , I like small gatherings so I guess cook outs is good for me , I cant finish a whole glass of anything , I don't do drugs either. I also have never been arrested. and I really like a good deep conversation. I dont know but u could text me at 585-545-1090 and we can exchange email that way.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar r

    Won't you miss your parents and sibblings? I was a teacher, 17 years. 6th-12 grade. I may go back, but not now. English teacher, grammar, comps, sentence structure, etc.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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