Allied Strikes Pummel Libya's Air Force But Do Little to Stop Attacks on Civilians

(Washington Post) Liz Sly and Greg Jaffe - Four days of allied strikes have battered Libyan leader Gaddafi's air force and largely destroyed his long-range air defense systems, a top U.S. commander said Tuesday. But there was little evidence that the attacks had shifted the balance of power in favor of the rebels. Since the bombing began Saturday, U.S. and allied forces have launched 162 Tomahawk missiles and conducted more than 100 attacks with precision-guided bombs, said U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of the allied task force. Britain's Channel 4 TV reported that six Libyan villagers were injured by American troops, who apparently opened fire during the rescue of two U.S. crew members forced to eject over eastern Libya when their F-15 fighter jet malfunctioned and crashed overnight Monday.

2011-03-23 00:00:00

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