2011 Libyan Civil War by Landen Garland

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This meeting was arranged by Bernard-Henri Lévy.  12 March 2011 - The Arab League "called on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in a bid to protect civilians from air attack". The Arab League's request was announced by Oman's Foreign minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, who stated that all member states present at the meeting agreed with the proposal.  15 March 2011 - A resolution for a no-fly zone was proposed by Nawaf Salam, Lebanon's Ambassador to the United Nations.

S. announced that Qatari forces would join the operation by the weekend. 23 March 2011 - Coalition aircraft flew at least two bombing missions against loyalist forces near the besieged city of Misrata. Late in the day, it was announced that the remaining pro-Gaddafi forces and their equipment in the city, with the exception of individual snipers, had been forced to retreat or had been destroyed. In the early morning hours, 4 Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornets conducted 2 separate bombing runs on multiple targets at a Pro-Gaddafi munitions depot near Misrata.

Seventy military vehicles are known to have been destroyed, multiple loyalist ground troop casualties were also reported. Four Danish F-16 fighters left Italy's Sigonella air base for a successful five-hour long "high-risk mission", and four Italian Tornados ECR, accompanied by four Italian F-16 as fighter escorts took off from the Trapani base. A second immediate cease-fire was declared by the Libyan Army on 20 March, starting at 9pm. 21 March 2011 - SA-2, SA-3 and SA-5 air defence systems in Libya have been taken out.

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