The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where the government declared a cease-fire Friday after the United Nations voted to impose a no-fly zone in response to weeks of bloody clashes between forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and rebels. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don't miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.
[9:50 p.m. ET, 3:50 a.m. in Libya] A woman in Tripoli says she was awoken this morning by a loud explosion from a nearby military base.
After being shaken from her sleep around 2:20 a.m., she said she heard gunfire and went to the roof of her building to observe.
"Then I heard the second explosion," she said. She saw fire rising up from the direction of Mitiga Airport, formerly known as the U.S. Wheelus Air Base.
She also said that people continue to live in fear of Gadhafi. "They're afraid to come out because when they do, he attacked them very, very severely," she says. "This is putting terror in all neighborhoods."
[9:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 a.m. in Libya] State TV in Libya reported early Sunday that 48 people were killed and 150 injured in coalition airstrikes. CNN was not immediately able to independently confirm the report.
[9:20 p.m. ET, 3:20 a.m. in Libya] Britain's Royal Air Force the RAF has launched Stormshadow missiles from a number of Tornado GR4 fast jets as part of a series of coordinated coalition strikes against Libya, the Ministry of Defense said.
"We made clear that if Gaddafi did not comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, it would be enforced through military action. Our Armed Forces have therefore participated in a co-ordinated international coalition strike against key military installations," defense secretary Liam Fox said in a statement.
"The fast jets flew 3,000 miles from RAF Marham and back making this the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict," he said. "HMS Westminster is off the coast of Libya and HMS Cumberland is in the region ready to support operations. Typhoon aircraft are also standing by to provide support."
[9:10 p.m. ET, 3:10 a.m. in Libya] Benghazi remains eerily quiet but tense after a day of fights between Gadhafi supporters and opposition fighters, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
Anti-Gadhafi forces in Benghazi were buoyed by the international intervention but still expect more to come from Gadhafi.
"This is not yet a victory for them. They expect Gadhafi forces to carry something out again, they do not think this is over," she said. "People do not take Gadhafi's threats lightly. They have learned from four decades of his rule. They expect him to plan some kind of maneuver."
[8:45 p.m. ET, 2:45 a.m. in Libya] It is now mostly quiet in Tripoli, just minutes after sustained anti-aircraft gunfire, Robertson reports.
[8:33 p.m. ET, 2:33 a.m. in Libya] Heavy anti-aircraft gunfire can be heard in Tripoli, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.
Robertson said anti-aircraft gunfire also was heard a few hours ago, but it is now more intense. The current round followed a couple of loud explosions, Robertson reported from Tripoli.
[8:26 p.m. ET, 2:26 a.m. in Libya] The Department of State has issued a statement reminding media organizations that no U.S. officials remain in Libya, limiting its ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens or other employees of U.S.-based news organizations. The State Department continues to advise against travel to Libya and urges U.S. citizens already in Libya to depart immediately.
[7:41 p.m. ET, 1:41 a.m. in Libya] After delaying his trip to Russian, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been keeping a close eye on the situation in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman said.
"Secretary Gates has been in near constant contact with the Joint Staff as planning for Operation Odyssey Dawn has evolved. He has conducted multiple individual and conference with National Security Adviser Donilon and President Obama. And, of course, he continues to receive a steady flow of operational and intelligence information," spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
[6:20 p.m. ET, 12:20 a.m. in Libya] A defiant Moammar Gadhafi says missile strikes launched Saturday night are grounds for a "crusade war" and vowed to fight back.
"The Libyan people will fight against this aggression. All you people of the Islamic nations and Africa. And all you people in Latin America, and asia to stand with the Libyan people in its fight agaist this aggression," he said.
"France has carried an aggression against Libya. The security council and the international community has a responsibility to do what it takes about this aggression against the sovereign state."
[6:01 p.m. ET, 12:01 a.m. in Libya] Hours after coalition forces launched the first wave of attacks against his military forces, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said his people will fight back against undeserved "naked aggression."
Libyan state TV broadcast Gadhafi's response, which included a call for people to take arms in the "war zone."
[5:45 p.m. ET, 11:45 p.m. in Libya] Moammar Gadhafi is due to make an address soon, according to media reports citing Libyan TV.
[5:36 p.m. ET, 11:36 p.m. in Libya] Russia reacted "with regret" Saturday to the start of international military action in Libya, urging an end to violence on all sides.
It said the United Nations resolution that authorized the use of force had been "hastily adopted."
"We again urge all Libyan sides, as well as the participants of the military operation, to do everything they can to prevent the suffering of innocent civilians and to ensure a speedy cease-fire and an end to violence," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] Armed police are gathering outside government buildings in Tripoli and the streets are mostly clear of the revelers that had gathered earlier Saturday evening, CNN's Nic Robertson said.
Earlier, people were playing music and dancing in the street outside Gadhafi's palace compound in an apparent show of celebration, Roberston said. The missile strikes were inaudible over the music and revelry, he said.
[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] Coalition strikes were launched despite a government-initiated cease-fire and "major reforms in economic and organizational contexts," a¬†Libyan government spokesman says.
"The claim that this aggression is for the protection of civilians is contradicted by what has really happened on the ground tonight."
[5:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. in Libya] President Obama is planning for the U.S. portion of the military action in Libya to only last for a few days, according to a senior administration official.
"In terms of the heavy kinetic portion of this military action, the president envisions it as lasting days, not weeks," said the senior official. "After that we'll take more of a supporting role."
[4:58 p.m. ET, 10:58 p.m. in Libya] Air attacks on several locations in Tripoli and Misrata have caused "real harm" to civilians, a Libyan government spokesman said Saturday.
"I am very sorry and saddened that my country is facing a barbaric and armed attack," the spokesman said, adding that "this aggression will not weaken our spirits."
[4:28 p.m. ET, 10:28 p.m. in Libya] More than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from U.S and British ships and submarines, striking more than 20 integrated air defense systems and air defense facilities ashore, a Joint Chiefs of Staff official said Saturday.
The goals of "Operation Odyssey Dawn" are to prevent further attacks on Libyan citizens and opposition groups and to degrade the capability of Moammar Gadhafi's forces to resist a no-fly zone, Vice Admiral William E. Gortney Director said.
The strikes were carefully coordinated based on an assessment of whether the targets posed a direct threat to coalition pilots or to the people of Libya, he said.
"This is an international military effort urged by the Libyan people themselves and other Arab nations," Gortney said, noting that U.S. military forces are on the "leadership edge" of the operation.
"This is just the first phase of what will likely be a multi-phase designed to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution."
[4:10 p.m. ET, 10:10 p.m. in Libya] U.S. President Barack Obama said military action in Libya is not an outcome the United States had sought.
"The use of force is not our first choice, and it is not a choice I make lightly," he said in an audio message from Brazil. "But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy and his forces step up their assault."
He also said the United States will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground on Libya.¬†Obama emphasized that the United States was acting as part of a broad coalition of U.S. allies to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution, and not unilaterally.
"The writ of the international community must be enforced," he said. "We are answering the calls of a threatened people and we are acting in the¬†interests¬†of the United States and the world."
[3:55 p.m. ET, 9:55 p.m. in Libya] The U.S. military has launched its first missiles in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the western part of the country, a senior Defense Department official said Saturday.
U.S. Tomahawk missiles landed in the area around Tripoli and Misrata, the official said, adding that the action was taken after Gadhafi failed to comply with a cease-fire.
The first part of the multi-phase approach will be to degrade air defenses, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports, citing the Defense Department official. Most of the first strikes will be concentrated around Tripoli and Misrata, specifically to take out his air defenses. Ground forces will be targeted as well because they carry capability to shoot down planes, the official said.
[3:44 p.m. ET, 9:44 p.m. in Libya] British Prime Minister David Cameron said military action was necessary to enforce the cease-fire and prevent Moammar Gadhafi from attacking his people.
"What we are doing is necessary, it is legal and it is right," he said. "I believe we should not stand aside while this dictator murders his own people."
[2:32 p.m. ET, 8:32 p.m. in Libya] A U.S. defense official said the United States is poised to launch cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, and that these strikes would target Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses. The United States is prepared to "defend its allies flying over Libyan airspace and enforce the no-fly zone," the official said.
[1:15 p.m. ET, 7:15 p.m. in Libya] French planes fired on a Libyan military vehicle Saturday evening, according to the French Defense Ministry.
[12:43 p.m. ET, 6:43 p.m. in Libya] The United States is standing with its allies and partners in enforcing the U.N. resolution on Libya, and it is also behind the Libyan people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. "We will stand with the people of Libya and we will not waiver (in our effort) to protect them," she said.
[12:39 p.m. ET, 6:39 p.m. in Libya] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the Arab League's stance on Libya, saying it "changed the diplomatic landscape." The group last week approved the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya.
[12:36 p.m. ET, 6:36 p.m. in Libya] The Libyan government "has lost all legitimacy," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday, adding that the international community is right to enforce immediately the United Nations resolution. "Further delay will only put more civilians at risk," she said in Paris.
[12:34 p.m. ET, 6:34 p.m. in Libya] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that despite talk of a cease-fire from Libya, Moammar Gadhafi "continues to defy the world." "His attacks on civilians go on," she told reporters Saturday.
[11:04 a.m. ET, 5:04 p.m. in Libya] The French air force is opposing any aggression by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi against the population of rebel-held Benghazi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday. "As of now, our aircraft are preventing planes from attacking the town," Sarkozy said. "Our French aircraft are ready to intervene against tanks."
[10:58 a.m. ET, 4:58 p.m. in Libya] Countries attending a meeting in Paris sent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi a warning, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday.
"If there is not an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of the forces that have been attacking civilian populations in the last few weeks, our countries will have recourse to military means," Sarkozy said. Sarkozy said the warning was endorsed by all participants at the Paris summit.
Libya's population "must not be deprived of its rights by violence and terror," Sarkozy said. "There is still time for Colonel Gadhafi to avoid the worst, by complying immediately and unreservedly with all the demands of the international community. The doors of diplomacy will open once again when the aggression stops."
[10:51 a.m. ET, 4:51 p.m. in Libya] U.S., European and Arab leaders met Saturday at a last-minute Paris meeting on Libya.¬† "There is minute-by-minute consultation between the United States and the militaries of other countries that are considering their support of action" under a U.N. resolution authorizing the use of force, a senior State Department official told reporters.
[10:40 a.m. ET, 4:40 p.m. in Libya] A French official confirms that French fighter jets are flying over Libya.
[9:55 a.m. ET, 3:55 p.m. in Libya] Moammar Gadhafi's military forces pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday. Artillery rounds landed inside the city, and pro-Gadhafi tanks rolled into the town firing rounds, witnesses said. Plumes of smoke rose in Benghazi as civilians said buildings came under small arms fire.
[7:35 a.m. ET, 1:35 p.m. in Libya] Oil production has been dropping and Libya wants foreign and Libyan employees to go back to the oil fields, Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem told reporters Saturday.
[6:19 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:19 p.m. in Libya] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government on Saturday sent harsh messages to leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "You have no right ever to intervene in our internal affairs," said a letter read by Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim. The letter also said the government would never fire "a single bullet" against its citizens. Gadhafi's government continued to blame the conflict in Libya on al Qaeda.
[6:05 a.m. ET Saturday, 12:05 p.m. in Libya] A CNN team saw tanks belonging to forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi enter Benghazi on Saturday, and observed rebel tanks moving to confront them. Tank, mortar and artillery fire echoed across the city, interspersed with sustained bursts of small arms fire. Plumes of smoke could been seen rising above Benghazi.
[4:35 a.m. ET Saturday, 10:35 a.m. in Libya] CNN journalists observed tanks moving north from 5 kilometers south of Benghazi and other tanks moving through the western part of the city. It is not known which side the tanks belonged to. The journalists also saw tank and artillery rounds land inside the city.
[3:56 a.m. ET Saturday, 9:56 a.m. in Libya] A fighter jet was shot down and burst into flames Saturday in the area of Benghazi. Meanwhile, explosions could be heard in the city, which has been a stronghold for rebels opposing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. It was not immediately clear who the fighter jet belonged to. Rebels have vowed to defend Benghazi to the death.
On Friday, the Libyan government said it was abiding by a cease-fire, but witnesses have said violence from pro-Gadhafi forces has continued.
[12:23 a.m. ET Saturday, 6:23 a.m. in Libya] Agence France-Presse reported airstrikes and explosions Saturday morning in an area southwest of Benghazi. CNN had not independently confirmed the report.
Who is going to PAY for all these WARS? And for what?
the banks and they would love to loan $ for it so they can have control in the end
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Yes, Gadaffi is a nut and deserves what is happening, but I listened closely to Clinton's efforts to defend the US actions and found much to question. She says Gadaffi "might" commit horrible atrocities against his people. Am I alone in this thought or is Gadaffi defending himself against ARMED aggressive rebels attacking various Cities , and the US response is to order him to stop killing civilians. When is a civilian not a insurgent, when they run all over the Country firing weapons as they go.
Could it be like armed Gangs in Chicago doing drive-bys, and the President tells the Mayor not to harm the "civilians"
I remember when we were told all about what Hussein "might' do with the massive amounts of WMDs (never found).
I am afraid we all are being subjected to the same media-fed brain-washing war frenzy where the enemy is demonized
to justify our(?) own agenda. Do you feel that we are not being told all the Truth by our Government ?
How come that Osama Bin Laden wants Gaddafi out of power, does it mean US and Osama have same opinions
Gadafhi is a despot. He is a tyrant who was supported terrorism in the past, before it became a household word. He is also a dictator who rules his country like dictators do. You cant question him, you cant have opinions against him. He has been ruling for 42 years!!!!!! This revolt was a convenient opportunity for the world to get rid of him. We say we want violence against civilians to stop, but what we really want is for the rebels to oust him out of power and maybe he can be replaced with a normal regime that doesnt support blowing up commercial airliners over Scotland. And when he started making gains against them, we all saw that we couldnt let him regain his power. And as far as Iraq and WMD goes, they didnt find any true, but they did find people and places that could make them.
Don't forget that these "ARMED agressive rebel" forces were peaceful protestors until Gadhafi had his security forces fire into UNARMED crowds from both the ground and helicopters, started abducting government officials who resigned, and torturing or kidnapping journalists who attempted to honestly record events there.
Just like it happened in Irak and Afghanistan. You think, things are better there now? Think again?
Actually Iraq is better.
I can't believe that the actual time in Libya is indicated as "12.04 am", when it's actually 23.42 pm there...
more redderick from a troll yawn it gets tireing
Thanks Charlie Sheen
It's the Warlock, tiger blood that made him go crazy
Sometimes I think our country would be better run by Charlie Sheen than most of the treasonous crooks in our federal government. How sad is that?
Please tell me you are not from NH but maybe from California
California is a beautiful state but so is NH. In both states, people understand the true meaning of liberty, the proper role of government and recognize that peace is far better than war.
Well said,Live Free or. Too bad that most Americans don't agree. They still think that there's glory in war,tragically enough. That's how Republicans and "blue-dog" Democrats get elected.
Learn to spell....
I am so focus now on watching Gaddafi falling minute by minute and hour by hour. I am glad that I don't have to watch innocent people, who want free dom and forced to become rebel, to be destroyed by this crazy Gaddafi. As a boat people American now, I feel so much happy for the people of Libya almost to their goal of regaining their freedom.
The prosperity in Arab countries is a benifit for humanity!
when we lived under the rule of fair rulers we gave the world the basics of sciences they are using now
but in case our revolutions will be frustrate, then we will be dependents on United Nations with our diseases, poverty and famines!
with knowledge of that the future is a big chalange for all humanity, and it need us to be united to face diseases and disasters.
the world can choose
Libyan spokesman was cut-off by CNN when he began stating happenings on the ground were contradicting the western reports and motives. Gadhafi's brother and the spokesman both say the so-called "innocent-civilians" that need our protection, are Al Qaeda and Islamic militia groups.
Germany was reported to be excluded from the operation today. But reported yesterday; Germany expressed to NATO their reservations to this operation.
of course hes going to say that since over half his milatary left and now he is using the terrorists groups he is saying were protecting yeah he made a pact with them there his new milatary egypt sent a note about this fact a few days ago to the u.n. and us letting us know, a few of his men who defected also stated this the terrorists get a safe haven if they help him regain control of his country this is why everyone is now looking to kill him outright once a terrorists always a terrorists he has just fallen back on his roots......
KILL THEM ALL WITH US OR AGAINST US GOD BLESS AMERICA THE AMERICAN WAY
and when the US is broke and the govt shuts down like it will and the salary cap is hit in may you will cry when you dont have welfare or medical coverage for your many rotten toothed children
SIEG HEIL to that,Joshua! We ignorant Tea Partiers need to stick together or how else are we going to get a decent war off the ground? Now we can get our hands nice and bloody as Americans!!! Soon we'll have both the Germans and the Turks beat!!!
How difficult would it be to divert one of those 100+ missiles (just one) to take out Gadhafi's palace, along with Gadhafi and the majority of his government? Go for the head and make solving the rest of this crisis much easier.
You think this is going to resolve everything. This is all politics. Look at the big picture. You think we are helping poor Libyans?
More testosterone....another war.....one more reason for everyone to hate us.
What is wrong with the muslim people, They have all this oil, all this money, have more potiential for amzing growth, there countries together could out grown and out produce most all countries, because they have all this oil, and money, yet when you go to these countries, like libya you see oppression, people scraping by, run down buildings, run down roads, no major production or jobs, no real future, You dont see muslims carrying there briefcases going to there good job, with a smile on there face because there future is bright, and there childrens futures are bright..What you see is oppression, people barely making it...And this is because 90% of these countries have leaders who dont give a crap about there people, they care about there wallet, Thats why you saw in a rare event the King of Saudi come on National TV saying he will help his people with money etc..Saudi seems to be the Only country really getting the point that The muslim people just want to live in a place where they can express,grow and build futures in freedom for there familys..thats what they want, thats it!!! god bless them for finally standing up and screaming it, at the risk of there own lives!!
not really look at the fine print the money is to be used that the saudis are givving out for more education into the quarn and islam not to the people or rights of the people nor is it for food or housing its more religous redderick he wants... lemme ask have you ever been there ? 1st at the airport they look through all your clothes, do you wear levis like i do they take them ,,,, do you have anything you bought from sears with a sears tag on it they take it and destroy it this country does need a change but the risk of islamic extremeists there taking over is to great to allow it........
i think this is 100% bull if the militia and thugs and gun toting patrons of the us were to converge on the capitol killing and storming the capitol us would most definitely strike on its own citizens so IMHO leave it be its his problem not ours or anyone else's for that matter
When it finally comes to it, the world will turn to USA for help. That is how great this country is!
you are the result of inbreeding,are you not?!
the usa is a empire on the decline
it wont be long(10 years max) before china is the no.1 superpower both militarily and economically.
and they will stay no.1 a lot longer than you yanks did!
your rule at the top was less than 100 years!!!
china will be there for several hundred years and longer!
you yanks just dont realize it-but the rest of the world knows it!
You ask for USA's help because they are the only dumb ones to waste money on useless people.
How right you are,Formyrem Arks. Butt then again,what do I know? I'm just an ignorant Tea Partier!
if bush was still in power(and he is and always will be the stupidest national leader in the history of mankind)-the usa would be the first ones into this!
wanna know why?
because he doesnt have 2 brain cells
cheney and his f*****g cronies profit big time!
can anyone say haliburton!
how much has the iraq war cost you dumbazz yanks??over 1 trillion dollars!!!!!
the world is laughing at the usa
the usa just doesnt get it!
only if we have any $ left
The world sounds like a bunch of children sometimes. Fact is the US gets BEGGED to involve itself in the affairs of other countries. Is it usuallly conveniently beneficial to us? Sure. Give me one country with means that doesnt. Then we get involved and the critics come rolling in; its colonialism, its tyranny, its empire, blah, blah, blah. Nobody will remember the other countries that got us involved in the 1st place, no way. I will agree on one thing though; we spend way too much money and LIVES on thankless populations. And as far as China becoming #1, I say the sooner the better. Then their people might uniionize and start making bigger money so the US corporations that keep sending work over there will maybe stop.
let gadhaffi kill all he wants!!!!
there are too many people in this world!
ghadaffi is thinning the herd!let him do it!
who needs all those libyans?nobody will miss them!
go ghadaffi go!
let the china bomb its own people!and india!
that will eliminate the population problem for a long time!
too many ragheads,slant eyes and blacks!
white power rules!
Obviously, you've lost it. Get a grip or go get help.