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

    O no , I know I'm not always perfect with my grammar, sentence structure and so on , but it just takes to long some time on this blog . Why aren't you married if you don't mind me asking ?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar r

    Suppose the 3 proposes I had years ago, didn't feel right. Will you miss your parents and siblings if u move south??

    March 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I will but I want this more , I cant stay here for much longer, I only have one life and I want to see the water and sun every day for the rest of my life. Why aren't u married u seem so nice and a great convesationalist , if you dont mind me asking?

      March 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazz7

    I just tried to post something dont know why it's not getting posted

    March 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar r

    I'm going to learn how to text tomorrow at Best Buy or Verizon. I have a Desk Top, Lap Top, but only have on line on my Black Berry.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazz7

    u have a blackberry , u can text me now. go into to message and hit "new message" , enter my phone # hit the down button and then keep going till u get to the area were you can start texting , then hit send , try it

    March 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar r

    I'm sleepy. Good nighty Mary.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    good night , sorry

    March 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar r

    I just woke up stay here so I can learn. I feel bad for you cuz you are on EST

    March 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazz7

    🙂 your so sweet , waht can I do to make u smile ?

    March 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar r

    I will write down your steps and text you within 1 or 2 days. I will learn. Sorry, I'm not very tech savy.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz7

    The first full facial transplant in America was done today.

    March 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar r

    U can make me smile by going to sleep so you can do your medical coding tomorrow flawlessly. Seriously, you need your sleep. Good night.

    March 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazz7

    Just ask some one u know that is. I love movie trivia what about u ?

    March 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar r

    Ok, let me think a quick bit.

    March 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazz7

    Are u tired or is it something else? I just havent spoke with a man in a long time , it's actually exciting

    March 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
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