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Allied operations in Libya have started.

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Defense News - Libya

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 03:40 PM

Allied operations in Libya have started
The air operation have just started above Lybia to enforce the UN resolution. According to military sources French air force jets have started reconnaissance missions. The first strike wave will include planes from UK, Canada and France acording to diplomatic sources. a

Rafale C with Reconnaissance Pod


According to military source Rafales are conducting reconnaissance missions. The Rafales have left in the early afternoon from the base of Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne), where they are based. The same source reported these "reconnaissance missions" must last throughout the afternoon on Saturday and Rafale have encountered no difficulties after several hours of flight over the territory of Libya.

According to sources quoted by BFMTV, the French fighters on reconaissance mission have order to attack if they see troops movement towards the rebel town of Benghazi.

5:06 PM Update: Qatar and several European countries including Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, confirmed their willingness to participate in military operations in Libya, it was learned from Diplomatic sources.

6:20 PM Update: "French plane fired first shot at 1645 GMT on a vehicle" - French Defence Ministry

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