BREAKING: US fires missiles against Libyan air defense

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, March 19, 2011 16:00 EDT
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Despite concern about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s cool language that the United States would “support” international military action against Libya, the U.S. launched its first missiles in Libya just after 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday, according to CNN, which cites Pentagon officials. The missiles landed near Tripoli and Misrata, in the western part of the country.

The missiles are being launched from one of the six U.S. ships in the Mediterranean, and are the first U.S. military action of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

French fighter jets fired on four pro-Gaddafi Libyan tanks earlier this afternoon.

Both President Barack Obama and Clinton have said that the U.S. will not deploy ground troops in Libya.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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