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F-15 crashes in Libya

by Jorge Hernandez on March 22, 2011

An F-15 Strike Eagle jet crashed near the Benghazi region of Libya on Monday night due to what appeared to be a mechanical failure, according to The Guardian. The two U.S. crewmen were forced to eject from the plane and they both landed safely nearby with only minor injuries.

The plane had taken flight from the Aviano airbase from Italy. It was a part of the American effort in Operation Odyssey Dawn, which was launched by European forces in order to end Muammar Gaddafi's hold on Libya as rebel forces in the country rise up against him.

The official attacks began on Saturday, when a French fighter jet destroyed a Libyan military vehicle, according to a separate article from The Guardian. That same day, more than 100 Tomahawk missiles were launched from the coastline in order to disable Gaddafi's air defense systems.

It seems that many believe the verdict of the battle is already decided. The news source reports that the Western powers are using state-of-the-art technology against Libyan forces, while the African nation is armed with weapons and machinery from the Cold War.

The whole effort of the mission is to aid the rebel forces in their revolution against the traditional Libyan government. The UN resolution that enabled the countries to attack initially prompted a sudden ceasefire from Libya.

But while the official government said that the rebel and national forces had stopped fighting, the rebel forces said that the conflict was far from over, according to Al-Jazeera. It has been difficult to verify this claim, because many journalists have been barred from the front lines, while others have been captures and allegedly tortured.

The allied forces have been targeting Gaddafi's fortified compound in Tripoli, but the attacks have been complicated because many civilians have formed a protective circle around the building, according to The Herald Sun.  

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