French Fire First

21 03 2011
Muammar al-Gaddafi

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The french have fired the first shot to enforce the restrictions over Libya. Mere hours after the restrictions had been put in place the french intercepted and destroyed ground forces en route to reinforce Gaddafi‘s troops, but the Libyan government denied launching an assault.

French fighters have flown reconnaissance missions over Libyan soil. Other air forces and navies have now been expected to join coalition forces in the next few days. The US have said that they would be using all capabilities at their disposal but not to send in ground troops.

 British Tornado and a Trafalgar-class submarines were involved in tactical strikes on high value targets in Tripoli and other areas. Gaddafi has responded by opening weapons depots and handing out arms to defend pro-Gaddafi supporters. The air strikes and missiles launched at Libyan targets were a complete success taking out air-defence systems and other targets. Col Gaddafi’s forces that attacked the rebel held city of Benghazi claimed that the rebels broke the ceasefire first but it has been claimed they were defending themselves.

Written by JonnyDPayne

Edited by Connor Wheeler





Libya No Fly Zone

19 03 2011
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Libya has declared a ceasefire on rebels because of the UN passing the Security Council Resolution, this gives way to air strikes and other military assistance required to protect the people of Libya apart form a ground invasion which should be avoided if possible.

Britain will be sending Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets along with air to air refueling and surveillance aircraft to enforce the no fly zone, any Libyan aircraft attempting to attack rebel strongholds will be shot down. The main problem now is what to do if the ceasefire stops and fighting recommences.

The jet fighters being sent are specifically designed fo different roles, the Tornado is a ground attack fighter and so will be dealing with ground threats such as vehicles and anti air defenses if necessary whereas as the Typhoon is more of an air to air fighter and can deal with any aircraft which decides to break the to fly zone.

The RAF are under strain because of the MoD cuts, getting rid of the HMS Ark Royal and all the harrier jump jets which could have played a vital role in enforcing the no fly zone, many people including myself regret and miss the HMS Ark Royal and her harriers.

All we can do for now is to wait and see how Col Gaddafi will react to the restrictions that have been put in place and whether this is just a short term solution or be what save the lives of the Libyan people.

Written by JonnyDPayne

Edited by Connor Wheeler