A coalition led by the U.S. military continued the air strike in Libya launching a dozen more cruise missiles with the hopes of imposing a no-fly zone and stopping Moammar Gadhafi's forces from attacking civilians.
Currently on a Latin American tour, President Barack Obama commented from Chile, that the U.S. would turn over leadership of the operation to allied nations within days. The U.S. military also said Gadhafi's ability to control his forces has already been sharply reduced.
Two reports from Independent Television News detail the carnage and chaos in the northern Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi. Throughout the region, Gadhafi's forces are still reported to be gaining power. While no fresh footage has emerged from there in a few days residents claim Gadhafi's troops are using civilians as human shields and firing on unarmed civilians, too, and this despite government affirmations that it's sticking to the cease-fire.
Coalition warplanes will right now be readying for their third night of raids on Libya. Gadhafi himself has not been seen or heard from since just before those strikes began. With the death toll rising daily from this civil war, even if Libyans win their independence, they would have paid and awful price.
"When the entire international community almost unanimously says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people that we can't simply stand by with empty words." President Barack Obama
"We would like to say thanks for the United Nations and for all of these people, because if it's going to be like face-to-face with this, it will be carnage." Libyan Man
1. Who is Moammar Gadhafi?
2. What events have recently occurred in Libya?
3. What is an air strike?
1. Why do you think Moammar Gadhafi is using deadly force against Libyan civilians?
2. If you were President of the United States, how would you respond to the situation in Libya?
3. Do you agree with the coalition forces actions to use air strikes in Libya? Why or why not?
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