[lbo-talk] DU weapon use in Libya

Jordan Hayes jmhayes at j-o-r-d-a-n.com
Wed Apr 27 16:27:37 PDT 2011


[...] The U.S. military dramatically stepped up its assault on Libyan government ground forces over the weekend, launching its first missions with AC-130 flying gunships and A-10 attack aircraft designed to strike enemy ground troops and supply convoys. [...] The planes are being used to step up pressure on Libyan ground troops, who have retreated from the rebel's advance and fortified around several cities east of Tripoli, the capital. "Our strategy continues to be to pressure them where we think it's going to give us the best effect," said Vice Adm. William Gortney, director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, referring to the use of the new aircraft. "The number of the strike sorties that you saw, I think, is a direct result of that." [...] Gortney emphasized that the military was not using the planes to facilitate a rebel advance. The Washington Post learned of their deployment last week but withheld reporting the information until their first missions at the request of U.S. military officials. [...]

I'm not even trying here.

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