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March 24, 2011
International forces continue the air assault on Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters, officials said Thursday. Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, a top U.S. officer in the campaign in Libya, said international forces were attacking government troops that have been storming population centers. Despite disorganization among the rebels the airstrikes and missiles seemed to have their intended effect in Libya, at least for now. (19 images)

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A Danish F-16 takes off from the Nato airbase in Sigonella, Italy, Monday, March 21, 2011. AP / Andrew Medichini


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A NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft takes off from the NATO air base on March 24, 2011 at Geilenkirchen, Germany. Getty Images / Christof Koepsel



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One of six F16 fighter from Denmark air force based at the Italian military airport of Sigonella, southern Italy takes of from the base on March 23, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Filippo Monteforte



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Italian airforce Eurofighter Typhoon jets are parked at the Gioia del Colle air base near Bari, Southern Italy, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. AP / Donato Fasano



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Italian Eurofighter jets prepare to land on March 23, 2011 at Trapani-Birgi airbase in Sicily. AFP/ Getty Images / Alberto Pizzoli



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A French C160 Transall taxis as a Greek F16 fighter jet takes off at the Souda military base, on the Greek island of Crete, Tuesday, March 22, 2011. AP / Image Photo Services



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A pilot gestures as Italian Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoons prepare for take off on March 22, 2011 at the Gioia Del Colle airbase in Italy. Getty Images / Giuseppe Bellini



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A Tornado GR4 aircraft takes off as another waits on the runway at Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham on March 21, 2011 in England. Getty Images / Peter Macdiarmid



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A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, eastern England, on March 21, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Gavin Fogg



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An F-15 jet fighter takes off from the NATO airbase in Aviano, Italy, Monday, March 21, 2011. AP / Luca Bruno



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One of the six Danish F16 fighter jets based in Italian military airport of Sigonella, southern Italy, lands at the base after a mission of the international air campaign against Moamer Kadhafi's forces on March 21, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Mario Laporta



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In this image provided by the Royal Norwegian Air Force one of a number of Norwegian F-16 fighter aircraft takes off from Bodoe in northern Norway Monday March 21, 2011, bound for Sicily, Italy. AP / Royal Norwegian Air Force / Trond Hoeyvik



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A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft is prepared at Gioia Dell Colle, Italy, Monday March 21, 2011 as part of Britain's contribution to help enforce the No Fly Zone over Libya in support of the United Nations resolution. AP / MInistry of Defence / Neil Chapman



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French pilots are waiting to take off aboard a Mirage 2000 jet fighter before a mission to Libya, at Solenzara air base, Corsica island, Mediterranean Sea, Monday March, 21, 2011. AP / Anthony Jeuland



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French pilots are seen aboard Mirage 2000 jet fighters before a mission to Libya, at Solenzara air base, Corsica island, Mediterranean Sea, Monday March, 21, 2011. AP / Anthony Jeuland



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A pilot sits in the cockpit of a British Typhoon jet fighter of the Royal Air Force's Number 3 Squadron, parked at Gioia del Colle air base near Bari, Southern Italy, Monday March 21, 2011. AP / Donato Fasano



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A British RAF Tornado GR4 warplane takes off from RAF Marham, in England, Sunday, March 20, 2011. AP / Alastair Grant



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An F-16 jet fighter flies over the NATO airbase in Aviano, Italy, Sunday, March 20, 2011. AP / Luca Bruno



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A US B-2 Stealth bomber returns to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri from a mission March 20, 2011. The plane, one of htree dispatched in support of enforcing the Operation Odyssey Dawn no-fly zone over Libya. AFP/ Getty Images / SrA Kenny Holston



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