It went almost unnoticed in major media this year, but we just passed the eight-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Most commentators now refer to the U.S. fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but the U.S. has occasional military operations in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as well.
Airstrikes by American forces continued for a second night in Libya. Over the weekend British forces targeted Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, but today the chief of the UK Defence Staff said Qaddafi himself was “absolutely not” a target.
Muammar Qaddafi called last night into a radio station in Benghazi to threaten people. Then today his regime said it would instituting a cease fire. The UN resolution that passed on Thursday to allow military action in Libya will do more to shape the conflict in the coming days.
Earlier today, Qaddafi’s forces continued their attacks on the rebel held city of Benghazi, which has a population of one million. According to news reports the bombings have targeted the Benghazi airport and other strategic locations.