he coalition will attack tanks and artillery of the Libyan army close to the city of Misrata 2303115
Defense News - Libya
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 05:12 PM
The coalition will attack tanks and artillery of the Libyan army close to the city of Misrata.
Allied warplanes have launched further air strikes on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces for a fourth day, notably in western Libya. The coalition has confirmed artillery and tanks besieging the rebel-held town of Misrata were targeted.
Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces
Senior US military chief officer Peg Klein said: “Some of those cities still have tanks advancing on them to attack the Libyan people. We are authorised, and the President made the nexus between the Security Council resolution and what he considers our legal mandate to attack those tanks. And so that is the type of target that our strike aircraft will go after.”
Many of the American air strikes are being launched from ships in the Mediterranean.
Despite some condemnation of the West’s intervention, military chiefs have defended their role. Western nations backing the UN no-fly zone over Libya have agreed a role for NATO in the campaign but they will have to clarify the mission’s aims before winning wider support.
President Obama, who wants the US to take a back seat, has persuaded a reluctant France to accept the involvement of the alliance.