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1 Bob Dillon  Thu, Mar 10, 2011 7:22:26am

Ah, the French. God Bless ‘em. Last time they did something cool like this was back in the late 1700s I think.

2 lawhawk  Thu, Mar 10, 2011 9:39:51am

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is even floating the idea of going well beyond a no-fly zone to actually carrying out aistrikes against Khadafi’s forces.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will propose air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s command headquarters to EU leaders, a source close to discussions has told AFP.

At an EU summit on the Libyan crisis, he will propose “striking an extremely limited number of points which are the source of the most deadly operations” by forces loyal to Gaddafi, the source, who asked not to be named, said on Thursday.

The three sites being considered are Gaddafi’s Bab al-Azizia command headquarters in Tripoli, a military air base in Syrte, east of Tripoli and another in Sebha in the south, the source said.
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Sarkozy’s office declined to confirm the claim when contacted by AFP.

Given the reluctance of the US to carry out even a no-fly zone, the idea of airstrikes isn’t going to go over well with the US or NATO. The US would be at the forefront of any no-fly zone operation given its logistical capabilities and the lack of same among the European countries - particularly since the US could move a carrier task force into range to handle the operation.

3 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 10, 2011 1:26:19pm

The first legitimately good move the french have made in North Africa since they left Algeria.

4 sliv_the_eli  Thu, Mar 10, 2011 9:05:49pm

In breaking news, Le Monde is reporting this morning that President Sarkozy has signed and delivered France’s unconditional surrender to Col. Khadhdafy.


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