French Jets Flying Over Libya

It looks like things are underway in Libya, with French President Nicholas Sarkozy confirming that French jets are already in the air above Libya.

It looks like things are underway in Libya, with French President Nicholas Sarkozy confirming that French jets are already in the air above Libya.

I’ll likely be out of pocket today and can’t vouch for my co-bloggers. CNN is doing a good job live-blogging the events as the roll out. The most recent updates:

[10:51 a.m. ET, 5:51 p.m. in Libya]

U.S., European and Arab leaders met Saturday at a last-minute Paris meeting on Libya.  “There is minute-by-minute consultation between the United States and the militaries of other countries that are considering their support of action” under a U.N. resolution authorizing the use of force, a senior State Department official told reporters.

[10:40 a.m. ET, 5:40 p.m. in Libya] A French official confirms that French fighter jets are flying over Libya.

[9:55 a.m. ET, 4:55 p.m. in Libya] Moammar Gadhafi’s military forces pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday. Artillery rounds landed inside the city, and pro-Gadhafi tanks rolled into the town firing rounds, witnesses said. Plumes of smoke rose in Benghazi as civilians said buildings came under small arms fire.

It’s probably as good a place as any to keep up with breaking developments. I’ll weigh in from time-to-time to provide broader analysis.

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