Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Libya: Timeline of Bombing Campaign

Facts are usually the first thing lost in any fog of war, and unless you have been paying close attention, it is easy to lose sight of what has really happened in Libya. War On Terror News has written up the chronology of the timeline of events in Libya, and it IS a must read, as the politicians continue to do whatever the usual thing it is that politicians do:

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Timeline of Libyan Bombing Campaign


Feb 20 2011: Qaddaffi begins slaughtering Libyans in the streets.

Feb 23 2011: Obama asks Qaddaffi to stop killing his people.

February 26, 2011: U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family as his government continues a bloody crackdown on rebels. Sanctions come 11 days after anti-government riots in Benghazi, inspired by Arab Spring revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.

Mar 2 2011: SecDef says its too difficult to impose a no fly zone over Libya.

Mar 7 2011: NATO says it has no plans to impose a no fly zone.

Mar 10 2011: While NATO dithers, France recognizes Rebels.

Mar 11 2011: Obama defends his dithering talking about talking.

Mar 14 2011: Obama denies he's dragging his feet about making a decision on who to talk to. White House Spokesman says Obama doesn't need an act of Congress to commit acts of war in Libya, but that it's important to have UN approval.

Mar 18 2011: UN approves No-Fly Zone to protect civilians from aerial attack.

March 19, 2011: U.S., Britain and France launch U.N.-mandated air attack over Libya to halt advances on civilians by Mr. Gadhafi's forces.

March 26, 2011: Opposition fighters capture key city of Ajdabiya.

March 31, 2011: NATO starts military operations in Libya under U.N. Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, which call for protection of civilians. Military operations include an arms embargo and a “no-fly” zone.

April 30, 2011: A NATO missile attack on a house in Tripoli kills Gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren.

August 14, 2011: Fighters from Libya's opposition provisional authority claim capture of Zawiyah, but fighting continues around the strategic town.

August 20, 2011: National Transition Council fighters launch first attack on the capital, Tripoli, in coordination with NATO air support. Gadhafi's compound is seized three days later and the longtime leader drops out of sight....

There is more of "just the facts," with links. GO read the rest here.

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