2011 Libyan Civil War by Landen Garland

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The American military has denied these reports. There are claims that the pilot called in a bomb strike by Harrier jump jets, possibly injuring the civilians. S. announced that Qatari forces would join the operation by the weekend. 23 March 2011 - Coalition aircraft flew at least two bombing missions against loyalist forces near the besieged city of Misrata. Late in the day, it was announced that the remaining pro-Gaddafi forces and their equipment in the city, with the exception of individual snipers, had been forced to retreat or had been destroyed.

Canada: Canadian Forces Air Command has deployed seven (6 front line, 1 reserve) CF-18 fighter jets, two CC-150 Polaris refuelling aircraft, two CC-177 Globemaster III heavy transports, two CC-130J Super Hercules tactical transports, and two CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft. In total 440 military personnel as well as the Halifax-class frigate HMCS Charlottetown are participating in operations. There are reports that there are members of JTF2 working with Britain’s SAS and SBS on the ground in Libya.

The five abstentions were: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Germany. Less than 24 hours later, Libya announced that it would halt all military operations in the country in response to the Security Council resolution.  18 March 2011 - The Libyan foreign minister, Mussa Kussa, said that he had declared a ceasefire, attributing the UN resolution. However, artillery shelling on Misrata and Ajdabiya continued, and government soldiers continued approaching Benghazi. Government troops and tanks entered the city on 19 March.

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