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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-03-23

Britain's commander of operations in Libya has said that Libya's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force" following intensive allied air strikes, as Gaddafi's forces kept up the pressure on key towns.

  • Libya's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force", the UK commander says.
  • Speaking on live television, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi promised he would be victorious in the end and said Western powers attacking him would “end up in the dustbin of history.”
  • International military air strikes continued overnight and early into Wednesday morning, some targeting the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
  • On Tuesday, the White House announced that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron had agreed that NATO should play an important role in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone.
  • Despite the implementation of the no-fly zone, Libyan rebels have been unable to dislodge Gaddafi's forces from the eastern city of Ajdabiyah.


 

 

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Date created : 2011-03-23

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