At least 110 Tomahawk missiles fired at Libya:US

19th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

US and British forces have fired at least 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Libya against Moamer Kadhafi's air defense sites, a top US military officer said Saturday.

Vice Admiral William Gortney told reporters that "earlier this afternoon over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both US and British ships and submarines struck more than 20 integrated air defense systems and other air defense facilities ashore."

The first missile struck at 1900 GMT following air strikes carried out earlier by French warplanes, said Gortney, director of the US joint staff.

"It's a first phase of a multi-phase operation," he said.

One British submarine joined with other US warships in the missile attack, he added.

"Because it is night over there, it will be some time before we have a complete picture of the success of these strikes," the admiral said.

© 2011 AFP

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