On the Radar: U.S. jet crash in Libya, Japan nuclear crisis, Afghanistan security
Libyans wave the French flag while parading on a 155mm howitzer belonging to Moammar Gadhafi's forces Monday in Benghazi.
March 22nd, 2011
10:09 AM ET

On the Radar: U.S. jet crash in Libya, Japan nuclear crisis, Afghanistan security

Libya - Both crew members from a U.S. fighter jet that crashed in Libya are safe, the U.S. military said. The pilot and weapons officer on board ejected and have minor injuries, according to the military. The military said the  F-15E Strike Eagle was not brought down by enemy fire but had an equipment malfunction.

American officials said the mission in Libya has weakened the momentum of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

However, there's been some criticism about the operation in Libya, with U.S. lawmakers questioning what happens if there is a lengthy standoff and allies squabbling over which member of the coalition will take command of the mission.  Check out the CNN.com Libya live blog for up-to-the-minute developments in the conflict.

Japan nuclear reactors - Workers at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been scrambling to cool down fuel rods and prevent the release of additional radioactive material since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the area March 11. Seawater damage at reactors 1 and 2 at the plant is worse than originally thought, the plant's owner said Tuesday.  See the latest on CNN.com's Japan live blog. CNN.com also breaks down the details about the status of each reactor.

Meanwhile, Japanese officials' concerns over food contamination expanded Tuesday as tests detected radiation in ocean water offshore. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that high levels of radioactive substances were found in seawater near the plant but said the results did not represent a threat to human health.

Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday that forces in his country will be ready to take over security in some areas by July. Karzai said the surge of international forces has helped with security on the ground. For in-depth coverage of the war and news related to Afghanistan, check out CNN.com's Afghanistan Crossroads blog.

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  1. Cesar (C) TX

    Doesn't Karzai always look like he's wearing a pointy paper fast food hat covered with fur? Odd. Glad our pilot is ok too.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar (C) TX

    Doesn't Karzai always look like he's wearing a pointy paper fast food hat covered with fur? Odd. Glad our pilot is ok too. For anyone curious about my name I've changed it to combat the threat of the trolls whom mock me. Cesar is my name duh. (C) represents my communist party affiliation. TX obviously is my home state. Going back to sleep now. Desgraciado

    March 22, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar (C) TX

    I like Fruit Loops with cold milk as I watch re-runs of the news casts and Seinfield. I am germ phobic and can't be around people or animals so I work from home. I love to vomit to clean out my system. God Bless America. Love it or leave it.

    March 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Soi when do the gas prices go down with the "lost momentum" Oh yea I 4got, any excuse to stick it to the American consumer. Pay up at the pump and enrich the big companies. B*ST/ARDS

    March 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar r

    @Cesar c: I always knew you were a commie pinko.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar (C) TX

    Guilty as charged.

    March 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar r

    @Cesar c: You pinko commie, kiss my b*tt, desgraciado!

    March 23, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jazz7

    I hear PINK is his signature color (with a big southern twang)

    March 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |