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. PayDave

    DUH!!! WINNING!!!!

    March 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Blake

    To qualify for a just war, it should be based on self-defense. Another criterion is the use of war as a last resort. While I do not call this war an unjust war, I have to say it violates the common definition of a just war. But who cares in a world where might makes right. Even more important, Gaddafi is even less popular than Sadam was. Russia and China did not like the war on Iraq, and France and Germany distanced themselves from Bush’s war, to say the least. Now all agreed. The UN and even the Arab League recommended enforcing a no-fly zone on Libya.

    I was wondering why France was so eager to launch the attack. It was abnormal that the war was rushed in such a way. The other day, Gaddafi promised to talk with rebels. While it was foolish to believe him totally, it would not be a bad idea to wait and see for a while. Even weirder is the fact that France was hosting all major powers, hence blocking others from such an attack, and then launched an attack, while the meeting was under way.

    France has geographical and historical link in the area. France has a big ego, which may not match its international status. President Sakozy is impulsive, unpredictable, egomaniac, and might covet another term next year. Some even mentioned the financial contribution he got from Kaddafi in the previous election. It was not unlikely, given the French connection to African dictators. Was not former president Chirac on trial not only ago? Despite all these factors, I still find it ironical that France led the opposition to the Iraq War, but led the attack this time.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeybronx

      There was movie called "The Delta Force" with Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin where the terrorists hijacked an airplane filled predominately with jewish people. The terrorists having been attacked by covert US seals at their home base where Americans freed the hostages pleaded with the Americans to negotiate with them while all along attempting to buy time until terrorist reinforcements could arrive to the home base. You think Colonel Gadaffi saw the movie? burn baby burn.

      March 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      I agree with you Blake that war should be the last resort. The Arab League wants a no-fly zone but SURPRISINGLY, I don't see any of their statements in the news. What countries in the Arab League wants this implemented, we don't know. It's like their statement was used as a precursor to use force in Libya.

      Ruling a country for a long time seems to look like a bad thing for most people, rulers are labelled as dictators or despots. In medieval/ancient times, these kind of rulers are classified AS MONARCHY, THEY ARE KINGS & EMPERORS. Now, if ruling for a long time is really bad, why is the UK has tremendous respect for its monarchy?

      And don't even argue guys that they didn't oppress their own people and people in their foreign colonies?

      The message is clear; meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign country regardless of the situation is never right. Guys, I will give you a simple example, "YOU ARE DISCIPLINING YOUR KIDS, NEIGHBORS CAN HEAR YOUR HIGH TONE OF VOICE, AND THEN SUDDENLY YOUR NEIGHBORS GO INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, TELLS YOU HOW YOU SHOULD DISCIPLINE YOUR KIDS AND THEN BEAT YOU UP IN YOUR OWN HOME. What will you feel?

      That's what the Libyans are feeling.

      Instead of getting involved in the affairs of other nations, US, UK and FRANCE should instead use that money in bettering their respective economies and helping their own people in the economic problems besetting them.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Paul, the monarchy no longer rules England.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sporadotimes

    He is ready to act after country was already subjected to civil war and burned to the ground...after he implemented via United Nations prohibition of air space usage allowing use exclusively to Gaddafi's air attacks and destruction of rebel army while at the same time prohibiting assistance from already liberated neighboring countries..and why !? Because rebel army didn't tolerate Jewmerican corruption and therefore rebels needed to be destroyed to extend when those will seat at negotiation table with Jewmerica. LIBERATORS WILL ENSLAVE REBELS BY PUSHING FORWARD GREAT ISRAEL'S AGENDA AND OWN OIL $$



    March 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoof2

      Take another hit off that bong, sporado. That was quite a rant that made no sense whatsoever...

      March 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Civilian

    US and UK go to hell. You think you have right to kill Libyan people? When Gaddafi defends himself from the rebel tubed by you , you said you just can't stand aside to see. But now your missiles didn't kill innocent civilian at all?? and said it's legal and right to do?? Such a big hypocrite creature!
    Why leaders of these countries are so eager to get someone else's land, recourses ?? You are full of fears. Fear to be replaced the world controller.
    All your beautiful wordings are real evils! Not everyone is blind.

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

      Okay. So when your country needs help–don't ask America for help.
      Good luck.

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

      we have no fear of being replaced at all just fear that you might make it more difficult to get what we need but when it gets difficult we stop playing around and just take it and deal with the crying about how its wrong later but never will we be replaced ha ha you think any one can replace the world bank?

      March 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom for All

      Gadaffi is allowed to murder his people and that is okay with you because he is Arab? Excuse me! This is a UN directive that includes many Arab states. Get your head out of the proverbial sand. What should the world do? Wait until he murders his opposition, their families–children, old people, and innocents?

      March 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoof2

      The UK and US are trying to rescue those already in a living hell. The next one going to hell will be the lunatic, Gaddafi.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You're right, the modern civilized countries of the world shouldn't step in and help innocent civilians who are being murdered by their own government... that makes a lot of sense.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • heydummies

      hmmm maybe you can explain why the Arab league asked for a no fly zone? So given that the people of the region wanted intervention we are now meddling? Ignorant people make ignorant statements I'm afraid

      March 20, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. david bidlack

    QUESTION: when a muslim kills another muslim how do you know which one is the non believer? muslims are commanded to kill all christians and jews unless they become muslims. question which side when killed is the martar who gets the 72 vergins in their after life? question were is the other muslim countries that were going to help? question are the muslim countries waiting until they know who the winner is going to be so they know whos side they are going to be one?

    March 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      You need to read up on Islam. Muslims are not commanded to kill Christians and Jews. In fact, only two centuries ago the old Ottoman Empire was a haven for Jews who'd fled the delightful massacres of the Christian West in Spain and medieval Germany a few centuries before. One of the reasons Byzantium lost Egypt, Palestine, Syria so quickly to the Muslim armies was that the Christian sects which had developed in the Empire preferred living under the tolerant Muslims to the brutally intolerant Orthodox Christians in Constantinople. Relatively speaking, in a brutal era, Islam was often far more tolerant than Christianity or Judaism until the late 20th century and the rise of Muslim fundamentalism and the perception among Muslims that the West had taken advantage of Cold War concerns to back authoritarian governments, sanctioning and aiding them in order to secure oil and resources and stifling or suppressing democratic movements.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richy

    Wonderful, with all those beautiful missiles coming in from NATO, we can expect even more civilian casualties in Libya.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yeah, because those laser guided bombs and missles that hit their targets within inches, are going to kill lots of civilians.... you're an idiot.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    Nick Robertson is reporting gun fire at this very moment followed by gunfire. Now we have video , very dark grainey. Nick is getting into position for a live report , now he is starting his report at 2:35 in the morning libya time , lets listen

    March 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ERIC

    I think what America is doing in Lybia is wrong, i am a Victim of such an incident where individuals with alot of money form or organise rebels to go against the goverment, and the Americans come in and support them. My parents and two brothers and sister where killed becouse the Goverment of my native country couldn't attack and protect us becouse it was going against the americans. Every country deservers a chance to solve its problems in its own way the idea of foreign goverments coming in and supporting rebals or melitias is wrong. And very sure once they remove Gadafi from being a president it will go back to the way it was just like Somalia. Seriously how comes no one can see what that he did for his country, He made it into a some paradise in africa . Am asking CNN and the world to tell the Americans to stop and back off.
    And what Gadafi is doing is the same thing the American Goverment did to rebals in Oklahoma and other regions who where against the federal state.There is nothing wrong in ruleing a country for a long time as long as the goverment maitains law and peace. And provides the basic needs to it citizens. We humans are not the same and democracy can' work every where, thats why this other counties need to try other ways like Anarchy and communisim.

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

      "There is nothing wrong in ruleing a country for a long time as long as the goverment maitains law and peace. " I'd say if Libyans are rebelling in warfare against the government, and Gadhafi attacks the rebels with planes and tanks and superior numbers, the government isn't maintaining peace. Not to be nit-picking. But. I kind of thought of peace as very different

      March 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      What are you talking about in Oklahoma? US does not kill it's own citizens for protesting government.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • VERY-SAD

      ERIC>>>Only few good human beings like us in this world are left. With this US government actions, good humans like us are the minority, we just hav to wait and see what's lies ahead with SO MUCH FAITH to the unseen Almighty SPIRIT, that HE will spare us good citizens in this world and all these WAR MONGERS will definitely go to THAT ETERNAL FURNACE..!

      March 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • VERY-SAD

      ERIC>>> ...till now Iraq and afganistan are in civil wars, epecially Iraq but the majority of the MASS MEDIA(who most, are accomplices for the DEVIL'S DOMINION on earth!) refused to acknowledge these countries are in civil wars after hundreds were bombed and killed almost day-by-day. While, Libya is not, what we only hear are, on those lies of the COWARD rebels who are crying for GREATER MESS not only for LIBYA but for all us in this planet. I PRAY FOR KADAFI to overcome them, evryone who go after M.Kadafi. I understand very much now, why Hugo and Fidel hates American government.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I think what NATO is doing in Libya is completely right. Innocent people should be allowed to protest if they want without being murdered by their government. Kaddafi is CRAZY and needs to be removed from office before he can kill any more innocent Libyans. Thank goodness for NATO and it's military muscle. They should flex it more often!

      March 20, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazz7

    Mislles light up Libya as Nick Robertson reports

    March 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Freedom for All

    I would say, Gadaffi duck is finally getting the message that the world has had enough with this murderous dictator.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazz7

    Missles light up Libya as Nick Robertson reports that Gun follows. On commercial right now.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazz7

    Missles light up Libya as Nick Robertson reports gun fire follows, On commercial at the moment

    March 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Abraham

    I can see effects of Super moon.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    The anchor is confused. Tomahak cruise missiles were not launched at Bengazi. This is not mortar fire the news crew is hearing. The tracers going up in the night air are from anti-aircraft guns.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Live Free or

    Hey America. Just remember this glorious moment when you celebrated the launch of at least 110 cruise missiles on the poor people of Libya. Remember this as you lie in your own blood and excrement praying for the terror to end as you are brutally attacked. Think it won't happen? Don't be too sure. History tells us differently. Maybe then you will have the proper empathy for others and a greater love of PEACE.

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

      Yeh, right. Who is going to do this? Some tin pot dictator, a global caliphate? The people that would want to do this don't have the technical capability to do squat. If you want to compete with the west then try learning a bit of math and science, instead of spending all your time in tribal conflicts, or religious fights. It doesn't really matter how angry and full of spittle your rhetoric is when you are incapable of doing anything more than making threats. I don't know where your from but I bet the place sucks.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • We're America

      Yeah right, we have the strongest military in the world, as well as very strong allies. This is something that deserves to be celebrated. Sorry, but peace is overrated. There will never be peace, and there will always be war.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      We'll remember the glorious moment when the UN coalition stopped Gadhafi from murdering the Libyan opposition after trying to deceive the world with a phony ceasefire. Lets hope the UN next establishes a consistent policy with the Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, N. Korea, Iran and demands they grant protestors and opponents minimal protections.

      March 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey idiot, just remember this glorious moment when NATO took action against a corrupt government and dictator who is killing his own people. No one is attacking the "people" of Libya, other than Kadafi. Remember this as hundreds of thousands of lives are saved who were previously being brutally attacked by their own government. Maybe you will get your ignorant head out of your ignorant butt one of these days. History tells us differently.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
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