Factbox: Latest details of air campaign on Libya's Gaddafi

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 3:40 PM
Factbox: Latest details of air campaign on Libya's Gaddafi

(Reuters) - Below is a synopsis of military activity in Libya in the past day.

* The coalition conducting air strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces launched 22 Tomahawk missiles and flew 115 strike sorties in the last 24 hours, the Pentagon said.

* Two British Tornado GR4 aircraft destroyed a Libyan armored vehicle and two artillery pieces with Brimstone missiles, the U.K. Defense Staff said.

* Gaddafi's better armed and organized troops reversed the westward charge of Libyan rebels as world powers met in London to plot the country's future without the "brother leader."

* Italy has put forward a proposal for a political deal to end the crisis, including a quick ceasefire, exile for Gaddafi and dialogue between rebels and tribal leaders.

* Gaddafi's forces attacked rebel fighters with machinegun and rocket fire, prompting a panicked, chaotic retreat beyond the town of Bin Jawad.

* U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the Obama administration has not ruled out arming the rebels.

* U.S. forces attacked three Libyan ships, including a coast guard vessel, to stop them firing indiscriminately at merchant ships in the port of Misrata.

* Seven out of 10 Britons think coalition forces enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya could get sucked into another Iraq-style conflict, a poll showed.

* President Barack Obama told Americans Monday that U.S. forces would not get bogged down trying to topple Gaddafi but stopped short of spelling out how the military campaign would end.

* NATO says it will reach initial operating capacity to take over military operations in Libya Wednesday and should be fully operational Thursday.

* The Pentagon has begun removing some of its vessels from the Mediterranean now that NATO is taking command of the international campaign in Libya, U.S. military officials said.

PREVIOUS MILITARY ACTIVITY

* Prior to the past day's flights, U.S. forces had flown 983 sorties and the rest of the coalition 619. These included 370 air strike sorties and 365 by the rest of the coalition. Qatar had flown at least one sortie alongside French planes.

* Before Tuesday there had been 199 Tomahawk missile strikes, including seven from non-U.S. nations and just over 600 bombs had been dropped, including 455 by the United States, the Pentagon said.

* NATO officials say the mission will involve between five and 10 AWACS surveillance planes, 10-15 refueling tankers and dozens of fighters.

* NATO says that as of March 24, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States had pledged ships and submarines, fighter jets and surveillance planes to enforce a U.N. arms embargo on Libya.

-- The United Arab Emirates sent 12 planes to help enforce the no-fly zone. Another Gulf state, Qatar, has contributed two fighter planes and two transport aircraft.

(World Desk Americas)