International forces begin Libya strikes





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Published on Mar 19, 2011

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International forces have begun military operations in Libya, with French fighter jets taking out several tanks operated by pro-government forces, while over 100 US Tomahawk cruise missiles struck at air defence sites.

The US is taking the lead in the first phase of operations, but says it will be handing over control to coalition partners "in the coming days".

The action comes after world leaders concluded a summit in Paris to discuss the modalities of international action on Libya, as authorised by UN resolution 1973.

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Paris.

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