Wed Mar 23rd, 2011 at 08:18:51 PM EST
Overview 23-24 March:
We're entering the sixth day of western-led military intervention since the decision to create a no-fly zone over Libya. The no-fly zone seems to be well established by now, and the main focus of the military actions have shifted to air strikes on ground targets:
British Air Vice Marshal Greg Bagwell said Col Gaddafi's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force".
Latest reports from Libya speak of an explosion at a military base in the Tajura region east of Tripoli.
There were also reports that government tanks had shelled the hospital in the rebel-held western city of Misrata.
Witnesses had earlier said the tanks encircling the city had pulled back from their positions under air assault from international forces.
Whether these attacks on Gadaffi's forces are still legitimate under resolution 1973 is likely debatable.
The Dutch Parliament agreed this evening with throwing in six F-16s and added a minehunter(!) to the warship flotilla patrolling the Mediterranean shorelines. Is this the payback for the Lynx helicopter Libya captured during a botched rescue mission?
Yet leadership at an international level continues to be in a bind now Turkey has blocked attempts to have NATO seize control of the operations. Turkey wants air strikes on ground targets stopped, while Gadaffi has not stopped attacking rebel-held cities.
This is the third thread for Libyan updates. Previous threads:
Libya - by ATinNM
Libyan War - Second Mothership - Nomad
Please add reports when they come in.
Air strikes as reported by the BBC:
[editor's note, by Migeru] Libya stories: