At least 20 of 22 Libyan targets hit: US military

20th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

US missile strikes on Saturday against Libya hit at least 20 of their 22 targets, the US Africa Command, based in Germany, told AFP.

"It looks like things have gone well as far as the strikes are concerned. We had 20 of 22 targets hit," said AFRICOM spokesman Lieutenant Commander James Stockman, adding: "The other two targets are still under assessment."

"We struck key integrated air defence and SAM (surface-to-air missile) sites near Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte," he said.

The Tomahawk missile strikes were followed in the early hours of Sunday by 19 US aircraft including three B2 stealth bombers, F15s and F16s, AFRICOM said earlier.

Top US military commander Michael Mullen told CNN on Sunday that the coalition aimed to cut off logistical support to Moamer Kadhafi's forces "in the next day or so," the US military chief said Sunday.

"I would say that the no-fly zone is effectively in place," Mullen said.

© 2011 AFP

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