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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-11 09:13 PM
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16. West strikes Libya forces, NATO sees 90-day campaign
West strikes Libya forces, NATO sees 90-day campaign
(Reuters) - Western warplanes bombed Muammar Gaddafi's tanks and artillery in eastern Libya on Friday to try to break a battlefield stalemate and help rebels take the strategic town of Ajdabiyah.

Rebels said they had entered Ajdabiyah from the east, Al Jazeera reported, while Gaddafi's forces held on in the west of the town, which commands the coastal road towards Tripoli.

The African Union said it was planning to facilitate talks to help end the war, but NATO said its operation could last three months, and France said the conflict would not end soon.

In Washington, a U.S. military spokeswoman said the coalition fired 16 Tomahawk cruise missiles and flew 153 air sorties in the past 24 hours targeting Gaddafi's artillery, mechanised forces and command and control infrastructure.
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