2011 Libyan Civil War by Landen Garland

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However, artillery shelling on Misrata and Ajdabiya continued, and government soldiers continued approaching Benghazi. Government troops and tanks entered the city on 19 March. Artillery and mortars were also fired into the city.  19 March 2011 - Coalition forces began the military intervention in Libya with strikes against armoured units south of Benghazi and attacks on Libyan airdefence systems, as United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 called for using "all necessary means" to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas from attack, imposed a no-fly zone, and called for an immediate cease-fire, while also strengthening travel bans on members of the regime, arms embargoes, and asset freezes.

Further strikes on Tripoli and, according to Libyan government spokesmen, Sabha and Sirte, took place on late 21 March. 22 March 2011 - During a mission over Libya, a US F-15E crashed in rebel-held territory. It was reported that the aircraft, based at RAF Lakenheath in England, came down following a mechanical fault. Both crewmen were rescued by a US CSAR unit, but there are unconfirmed reports that six local villagers were injured by gunfire from the rescuing US forces. The American military has denied these reports.

He also argued that a no-fly zone would be insufficient but later calls for the no-fly zone. He later stated that international community needs "less talk and more action" to stop the violence. He has asked for a no-fly zone over Libya but does not support foreign ground troops. He sent a letter to current UN secreatary general Ban Ki-moon calling the UN to impose the no fly zone. He has also stated that a no-fly zone is the only way to stop Gaddafi who he has said is relying comptely on the air force.

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