Libya live blog: U.S., allies launch missiles against Gadhafi forces
A Tomahawk missile is launched from the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn late Saturday night.
March 19th, 2011
09:50 PM ET

Libya live blog: U.S., allies launch missiles against Gadhafi forces

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.

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  1. ZibZap

    It’s all about the Black Gold, OIL. Show me anywhere in the world that has that kind of involvement, life sacrifices, that does not have OIL. There are civil wars, fighting, killing all over the world, that you never heard of, they do not have OIL, and therefore no country will get involved on high-level

    March 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • theWholeStory

      You make a good point that most places the US is involved with may have oil, but massive humanitarian efforts which are carried out by the US military are not oil related. While troops probably don't die, they still cost the US massive amounts of money and resources - Hati relief, response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, etc.

      March 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      What I dislike is the fact there is no consistency: Why Libya is a go while Yemen and Bahrain are not EVEN considered? And supporting a rebel armed group who is also claiming lives? I just don't believe it's the way to go; bombings will most certainly incur in civil casualties as well.

      @TheWholeStory: I agree with you about US aid during disasters, but it's not the only country helping. The same way you expect Bill Gates to have a big charity effort due to his wealth, it is expected that the #1 economy in the World provides a largest chunk of the relief efforts when others face difficult times. The US did offer the most money during the 2004 tsunami, but equal to 0.24% of the US GDP, while Switzerland's was 0.64%, Canada's .98% and Australia's 2.44%. I praise the US efforts, but you cannot forget the rest of the world. A dollar donated by a homeless might have more moral value than a million dollars donated by Bloomberg.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Live Free or

    My full support and prayers go out to the poor, downtrodden and masacred people of Libya. Not Gadaffi, who signed a deal with our Satanic government to remain in power as long as he has. Certainly not the genocidal regime called the USA. So proud to be an American, I could puke.

    March 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bryan Urquhart

    So why is Wolf harping on the issue of the US taking the lead – the French are!

    March 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Agam

    The good point that we didn't start it, we just supported the no-fly zone efforts. The missiles were launched to destroy the Libyan anti-aircraft bases, so all foreign planes can fly safely in the Libyan skies.

    France is the one who is striking the Gaddafi forces, so we're not involved in another Iraq. 🙂

    March 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. life

    Serbian your next better get ready an excuse is just around the corner sh t problay already have one made up and you cant do anything about it

    March 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ann

    Seriously, did Gadhafi not get the memo? How could he not watch Iraq wars I and II on TV and NOT expect the US and others to take the excuse to grab Libya's oil. (For those that don't think so, how many non-oil producing countries did we help in their recent revolution attempts?)

    March 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fedupwithla

    It is about time someone did something. Gadhafi wants to inflame the world, calling on other nations to join him. It would be better to extinguish his flame before he ignites others. Is forty-two years in power long enough for any despot?

    March 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. xexeng

    What a shame! Soon the british & american will earn the reputation as the greatest slayer of all time... Or are they now?

    March 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |

      GERMANY and RUSSIA and CHINA are probably preparing main attack on Western Europe and USA . They got support from Iran, Korea and Italy and rest of arabic states, INDIA will stay neutral! . WATCH OUT!
      LYBIA is not a IRAQ or Afghan it is superpower! HELP You are making hell on earth, WORLD WAR 3


      March 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom for All

      Excuse me! YOu are talking about a terrorists and murderer of his own people and by the way of innocent civilians from around the world!

      What's next? Wishing that Hitler had been given more time to prove he really was a nice guy!

      Good Grief!

      March 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dalenewrony

      no, you are right the US has become the oil cop for the mideast-watch the US support a govt that MURDERS ITS OWN CIVILIANS IN BAHRAIN--TOTAL HYPOCRISY HERE!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Good grief HELP POLAND, USA. have you no brains at all!!! Your post is the most senseless one here yet. Your ignorance is quite appalling!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      xexeng you have no ckue what you are talking about, this idiot@ from Libya proved in the past that he sponsor terrorism against Western countries with NO provocation.

      So you can now go again and play your X-Box or do some reading so that you know what you are talking about

      March 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • juanmontoya

      Why did not BO send cruise missles to the Holiday Inn Exspess where the WI Dems were entrenched!! I guess Democracy is more important overseas!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muhammad Talal

      Only One Question ...

      I was able to find only 5 UN Security Council Resolutions against Libya yet the coalition was so hasty and dedicated to enforce them ..

      Yet I found 100's of resolutions against Israel and yet the coalition was sleeping ???

      I can Guarantee you that U.N. is just acting as the league of nations did – and Libya is set to become a Launch Pad for the World War III.

      The responsibility lies with Irresponsible and partial United Nations!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Israel doesn't murder its own people, only terrorists, and people it must defend itself against. Whereas Kaddafi is murdering his own people, which must be stopped, which is why the international community has stepped in to stop it.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Den

      Кадафи убивает свой народ? Сомнительно. Не знаете историю Ливии. В Ливии несколько народов. Один из них на стороне Кадафи 99%. Государство в государстве. Кадафи защищает свой народ от восточных внутри самой Ливии. Существует множество решений проблемы. А теперь простой вопрос. кому выгодна это война ?
      Кому выгодна война в Афганистане, Ираке, Югославии, Африке, Корее ? Чья валюта не устоит, если будет мир?

      March 20, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • MarineMom55

      "And now a simple matter. who benefits from this war?
      Who benefits from the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Africa, Korea? Whose currency is not stand if peace?"

      Who does? Certainly not the US!

      March 20, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • MarineMom55


      "And now a simple matter. who benefits from this war?
      Who benefits from the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Africa, Korea? Whose currency is not stand if peace?"

      Who does? Certainly not the US!

      March 20, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      U.N. must stand firm to end these merciless killings. Ghadafi's Greedy Grip of power is pulling the entire nation down the drain. He's becoming suicidal, willing and ready to drag the entire Libya to hell.

      Ghadafi must be taken down ASAP and at all cost to save thousand more lives from getting perished

      "WICKED must be SLAYED to bring forth RIGHTEOUS purposes. It's better that ONE MAN should PERISH than a NATION to dwindle and perish.

      March 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jr

      Where are all the "Regions" security forces. Where's the Royal Saudi Airforce?? The Iranian Air Force??
      How about KoreaAir!!! Here we go again, being "forced" out of moral obligation. Maybe the UN should require a country
      to contribute things (carriers,aircraft) like Korea, Iran and until recently Libya.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      If we had any moral principles to begin with Jr,we would have stayed out of this conflict altogether! But Obama has none,unfortunately!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You're an idiot. The USA is part of the UN Security Council, and we help protect innocent people regardless of what country they are in, as do other modernized and responsible/respectable countries. So what if we're involved? We're doing a good thing. When you're the #1 country in the world, you have to get involved. Maybe you should move to France, you wuss.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johny

      why only in Libya, why not in Egypt or some other country, why you guys not helping in Palestine ( you wont ) you Know why Libya got natural resources Palestine got nothing for US waste of time waste of money and specially Israel close friend of US. Helping Innocent people on the tag but real motivation is difference. This is sure on one sleep peacefully until US get what they want.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • GPS

      Well Johny, why not us guys helping in Palestine? We guys are helping in Palestine! We USA guys supply Israel with the weapons to help them give the Palestinians a quick death!!

      March 20, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • GPS

      Me not know bout you Johny, but we guys in the USA like our Palestinians lightly coated with Xtra Virgin Olive Oil, lightly seasoned, and seared to perfection on both sides! We guys especially like the little Palestinians!! They so tender like veal!!

      March 20, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Why not palestine? because everyone there is a terrorist.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • juice

      Understand this please... I am an American ok...

      I feel the USA needs to focus on the USA .

      Let these countries deal with their own problems !!!

      Why are we getting involved with this stupid mess. its no our problem !

      Let them kill each other !!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • juice

      USA is stronger then the world put together .. we have all the weapons technology and money. we can wipe out anyone if we have to. We should not get involved in anything but our own problems.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • juice


      March 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Moses

      Gadhafi is a bad guy, we all know that...but i just do not understand the justification of this operation. What is happening in Libya is a civil war, and the world (UN) is taking sides. That is not the way to go. President Obama said "we will not stand idly by".....ask innocent Ivorian citizens who are falling under president Gbagbo's forces.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yin.

      Really??? You think they are ONLY civilians?? I think you too much pay attention to what it is being said in the news. The news agencies are prompt to depict a situation in a way that is completely different from reality, and mostly to satisfy the (hidden) agenda of their government. There are many many videos on Youtube that tell the story , the true story. The true story that is being twisted by the news outlets. Of courses there are collateral damages in a war, but be reassured that those who are fighting the elected regime in Ivory Coast are armed groups. called Rebels. Carrying guns and shooting civilians and trying to overthrow a democratically elected president is NO WAY one of the characteristics of a regular (normal) civilian. It is unfortunate what is going on in Libya and Ivory Coast, but there were many crisis for which the UN could have done better.
      I was in the Ivory Coast when that was started in 2002 ( a coup d'etat that turned into a rebellion). Believe me, was in NOT GOOD. This world is in bad shape because of the greed of some nations.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Well then the 3rd world countries need to let us control natural resources such as oil, they have no business controlling it, obviously.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • chrs

      dude your idiots, its not just america whos doing something about these massacres there. The whole UN is in on it and are backing us up

      March 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apocatequil

      something to keep in mind ling ling

      March 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dutch American

      Don't forget this is a true terrorist nation, I applaud the people from Libya who stood up against this terrorist dictator and am glad the rest of the world don't stand aside this time like they did in the Hungarian uproar and the Prague uprising in the past.
      These people need our support, they are fighting for their freedom, like the dutch did in the 1500's and the usa in the 1700's

      March 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr.Williams

    Down with Gadhafi. Praise the allies!

    March 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      Gadaffi is a wealthy thug dictator that needs to be brought to justice. His speeches are incoherent like he is on drugs, and the reason is he was able to say what he wanted and no one was able to say otherwise. He does not own Libya and he has no people, only followers of his dictatorship. His so called followers are paid thugs whether they be teenagers or woman. He will be brought to justice and hang like hussein, the fact he knows that is why he is doing every and anything to stop and reverse the inevitable. He calls out to other nations like he is a leader of a country when in fact he is tyrant going down for the count. Gadaffi your a dead man and i await the world council to sentence you to death. I hope his sons are held accountable and are also severly dealt with like any other murderer. LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY AND PEACE TO ALL MANKIND!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • VERY-SAD

      Doctor...Doctor....Doctor Evil?

      March 20, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. ZECA


    March 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZECA

      PS: CAN'T

      March 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      We sent missiles into the country and I can garuntee you we have more than that already on the ground.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZECA


      March 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA ! USA ! USA!

      The French may have started it, but as always, will leave in the middle and America will have to finish their fight.
      As always... read your history books.
      You're welcome.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZECA

      Yes, always to US finish the fight...maybe that's why we haven't had a September 11th in France..what do you think? Use the same books and research Khadaffi's terrorist acts on history. You want stand your country flag on a massive killing of his people, you better kill all of them...or else good luck to your country!! For real, patriotism cannot be dumb as you are thing is defend the country, another is to expose the country when is not needed...don't you read your own books??? U'r welcome...

      March 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      It sounds like you are a follower of suppressive regimes that kill. So maybe you too should hang with the Gadaffi's and hussein's of the world. The Democracy we enjoy in America must be defended wherever people want to be free in the world. This is a defining moment for freedom in the world and a message to tyranny that freedom will prevail!

      March 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • life

      you have no idea what sept 11 was even about. Gadhafi or any one from middle east could never do that even if they had all the "terrorist" minds combined

      March 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Well said,ZECA. I'm so sick and tired of all these ignorant warmongers here. They think that murdering people contains some kind of glory and that makes me sick!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      @ USA! USA! USA! Yes what a great job done in Vietnam indeed..... Since WWII which war was actually won by the US or the Allies? Korea? Separated in two countries... Vietnam? No comments... Iraq? Great results so far... Cuba? Same guy in power for years... Somalia? Black Hawk down... Do you want other examples?

      March 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • GPS

      You hit the nail right on the head my funny talking friend!! We Americans love seeing Arabs running around in circles on fire!!!! They remind us of fire flys on a hot summer night here in America!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. L64 rhetoric is an oft used word here, yet rarely spelled correctly.

    March 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wagonman

    Please, use also time stamps in UTC/GMT, I have no idea what 3:55 p.m.ET means, I´m an European.

    March 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      3:55 ET (actually EDT right now) + 4 = 7:55 GMT. I'm not ET either, so I have to convert too.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      if youre european, use cnn international. US edition of CNN is in eastern time because its in Atlanta.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ljuba

    I still remember NATO bombing 1999 in Serbia... For what? Better living? No Milosevic? What? How that bombing help Serbian people? This is all about oil and money.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      And if DC believes that all Americans fall in line with their BS... they are in fact much more stupid than they believe us to be.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom for All

      And leaving a power hungry murderer in power who controls the oil is okay? Yes, if Gadaffi was minding his own business it would be one thing, but he has purposely blown up airliners filled with oil executives right? Of course not! He blew up a plane filled with innocent people and now is murdering his own people in the name of oil and power.

      THe UN should have done this a long time ago right after his first murderous spree!!!!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      This is about massacre of innocent woman and children. The killing of people who want freedom and are being killled for it. There are other alternative supplies of petroleum and the supply was never going to be interrupted if the tyrant gaddaffi remained in power. if your gonna comment then have an idea of what your talking about and don't just mumble a few words like you have an idea of what the problem is all bout. its clueless individuals like you that give gadaffi legitamancy.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Striker 63

    Any government,including the U.S. government will kill it's citizens if those citizens are trying to overthrow that government. The Libiyan government is doing what all governments do and that is survive. That's Libiyan business. What the allies have done is an act of war.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwelle

      "Striker 63
      any government,including the U.S. government will kill it's citizens if those citizens are trying to overthrow that government. The Libiyan government is doing what all governments do and that is survive. That's Libiyan business. What the allies have done is an act of war."

      @striker 63
      are you trying to convince yourself or something? our country does not murder protestors. the world knows that you guys are sick in the head. its clear what we see here on video and from reports on the ground. When you kill humanity, its mankinds problem. we live in the 21st century bro and hitler or milosovich style stuff just doesn't fly in modern age. when you kill unarmed people especially civilians you will be dealt with. tsk tsk tsk

      March 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SigmundFreud

      Right, so using your "logic", Stalin was right to kill Soviet dissidents; Hitler was right to kill German dissidents; and of course all of those rebels in 1776 were merely traitors to King George III.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZECA


      March 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      Your another moron, taking over a government 40 years ago in a coupe does not by any means give you the right to have ownership over people and a country and call yourself the peoples government. Either your a communist or islamic radical or clueless. Which if your a blonde, then i rest my case.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      These are not illegal aliens who are fighting for freedom, they are legal natural born citizens of a country that was stolen from them years ago.

      March 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwelle



      wheres the hypocrisy? if mass innocent civilians are being murdered um and yeah tortured and lets see, mutilated.. I support any international effort to squash that, even if that is happening in the united states. so wheres your hypocrisy now? oh and yeah your laughable hypothetical situation didn't happen and i dont see that ever happening

      March 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kadafi

      You are right and that is why the West is less safe now than ever! No one can forgive such an illegal act! Protestors do not have tanks! These people do! May Kadaffi win!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff9687

      Like Mubarak and ben Ali did? No, because Mubarak and ben Ali decided ultimately to do what was best for their people. Evidently Qaddafi would rather just kill them all.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yes, an act of war, because innocent people are being murdered by a corrupt government. I would hope the allies would do the SAME THING in any other country where a corrupt dictator/government kills its people. It's not called the "UN Security Council" for nothing. They should flex their international muscle more often in my opinion!

      March 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Haj Ali

    i hope the next two countries where we will see cruise misslies flying will be Bahrain and Yemen these are citizen of those countries being killed do think the YANKEES and the EU countries are going to have a non-fly zone these YANKEES have double standards protecting all the Middle Eastern monarchs for their oil wait till you see this happen in Saudi Arabia where most of the 911 killers came from time is ticking for the YANKEES because they have not learnt a lesson

    March 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kadafi

      Oh no, no 'No fly zone" there! These are westerner's friends. So even if the leaders are killing UNARMED CIVILIANS unlike in Lybia, the West does not see that! It sees two allies that are willing to provide it with what it wants! Lybia shows that the government in the countries that are attacking are reflections of the people that live in those countries as the people are supporting this act! Until this happened, I was not a supportor of Kaddafi, but now, I wish him the best as the West is acting as the biggest thug around!

      March 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
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