Major events in development of Libyan situation More>>

  • March 19
  • Leaders from some Arab countries and main Western powers gathered in Paris to discuss "all necessary measures, including military" to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that imposed a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized all necessary measures to protect Libyan civilians.
  • March 18
  • Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa declared a cease-fire and an immediate halt of all military operations. He said Libya, as a member of the United Nations, was "obliged to accept the UN Security Council's resolutions."
  • March 17
  • The UN Security Council adopted a resolution to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized "all necessary measures," excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country.
  • March 13
  • The Libyan government troops advanced toward Benghazi, the last stronghold of the rebels, after retaking rebel-held western city of Zawiyah and eastern cities of Bin Jawad, Ras Lanuf, Brega and Ajdabiya.
  • March 12
  • Arab League foreign ministers agreed in an emergency meeting to urge the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect citizens.

Photo More>>

  • UK aircrafts prepare for military mission in Libya

    UK aircrafts prepare for military mission in Libya
    Photo released by the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) on March 21, 2011 shows a RAF Tornado aircraft taking off from RAF Marham, Norfolk, England, on its mission of the airstrike over Libya.
  • Storied B-2 Stealth bombers hit Libya

    Storied B-2 Stealth bombers hit Libya
    One of three Air Force Global Strike Command B-2 Spirit bombers returns to home base at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, March 20, 2011 after striking targets in support of the international response which is enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
  • Anti-aircraft fire, explosions heard in Libyan capital

    Anti-aircraft fire, explosions heard in Libyan capital
    Renewed bursts of anti-aircraft fire and explosions were heard in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday, a Xinhua reporter said.
  • Western air strikes kill 64 in Libya -- health official

    Western air strikes kill 64 in Libya -- health official
    Sixty-four people have been killed and 150 others wounded in the air strikes launched by western forces since Saturday.

Background More>>

  • Muammar Gaddafi
  • Muammar Gaddafi was born to nomadic parents in the desert region of Sirte in 1942. He went to study history at the University of Libya in 1961 and then entered the Benghazi Military Academy.After graduating in 1965, Gaddafi served in the Libyan army.
  • No-fly zones
  • The UN Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and called for "all necessary measures," excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians and the areas they inhabit from armed attacks in the North African country.
  • Basic facts
  • Located in the northern part of the African continent, the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya covers an area of 1,760,000 square km, of which 95 percent is desert or semi-desert. It has a population of about 6,200,000, with Arabs accounting for 90%.

News review

Anti-government protests in Libya

Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, with the sound of gunfire ringing in the air, while protesters who control much of the eastern half of Libya claimed new gains in cities and towns closer to the heart of Gadhafi's regime in the capital. More>>