First Wave of Allied Attack: 112 Cruise Missiles

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U.S. and British ships and submarines launched the first phase of an assault on Libyan air defenses, firing 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force. (March 19)


ABC News: President Obama’s statement on beginning of Libya operations

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March 19, 2011: President Obama delivered remarks by phone on the situation in Libya. The US Military began carrying out operations in Libya under the name “Operation Odyssey Dawn.”