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US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya

Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, using strikes from air and sea

US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
In this handout image provided by the US Navy, The USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from US and British ships and submarines targetting about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. (Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
Spokespersons for the French Ministry of Defense, Thierry Burkhard (L) and Laurent Teisseire, give a press conference on March 19, 2011 in Paris, on French military action against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Libya. French war plane opened fire on a vehicle in Libya today at 1645 GMT as it enforced a UN resolution calling for a no-fly zone and protection of rebels from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, the French military said. (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
Libyans celebrate in Benghazi on March 17, 2011. Libya is ready for a ceasefire with the rebels battling Muammar Gaddafi, but wants to discuss in advance how it would be implemented, deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaaim said in Tripoli (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
Libyan rebel fighters are seen in a street of Benghazi on March 19, 2011, as the exodus began shortly after the first air strikes hit Benghazi. (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
US, European and Arab leaders pose for a family photo on March 19, 2011 at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a Libya crisis summit. An ultimatum sent by France, Britain, the United States and Arab countries to Gaddafi yesterday warned Muammar Gaddafi to 'immediately' cease all attacks on his people or face the consequences (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
An F18 Hornet of the Canadian air force prepares to land at the Trapani Birgi air base in the southern island of Sicily on March 18, 2011. Italy on March 18 offered the use of its air bases to impose a no-fly zone on Libya and said it could help take out Libyan radars and defence systems after the UN cleared the way for air strikes. Italy has 'granted the use of military bases on its national territory', the government's press office said after an emergency cabinet meeting in Rome. (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
Canadian F18 Hornet fighters arrive at the air base of Trapani Birgi in the southern island of Sicily on March 18, 2011. Italian air bases could play a key role in any military action against Libya but the prospect of Rome's first operation against its former colony since World War II carries high risks, experts said. (AFP/Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
In this handout image provided by the US Navy, The USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines targetting about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. (Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
In this handout image provided by the US Navy, The USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines targetting about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. (Getty Images)
US, allies launch 'Operation Odyssey Dawn' in Libya
In this handout image provided by the US Navy, The USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 19, 2011. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from US and British ships and submarines targetting about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. (Getty Images)