More than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from U.S and British ships and submarines, striking more than 20 integrated air defense systems and air defense facilities ashore, a Joint Chiefs of Staff official said Saturday.
The goals of Saturday’s strikes are to prevent further attacks on Libyan citizens and opposition groups and to degrade the capability of Moammar Gadhafi’s forces to resist a no-fly zone, Vice Admiral William E. Gortney Director said.
The strikes were carefully coordinated based on an assessment of whether the targets posed a direct threat to coalition pilots or to the people of Libya, he said.
“This is an international military operation urged by the Libyan and people and other Arab nations,” Gortney said.
“This is just the first phase of what will likely be a multi-phase designed to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution.”
(news.blogs.cnn.com / 19.03.2011)