France recognises rebels as government, will call for targeted air strikes
March 10, 2011
12:36 ET: Qaddafi’s son Saif Al-Islam says the time has come for full-scale military action against the rebels, in an interview with Reuters.
There is no room for negotiations now that rebels have attacked the government, Saif says. Libya will not surrender even if Western powers intervene.
12:15 ET: Hillary Clinton expressed reservations about a no-fly zone, but she said the decision was up to the international community. This time around it may counties like France that lead the drive to war.
11:27 ET: Now the U.S. has suspend relations with the Libyan embassy, according to the AP.
9:08 ET: France’s Sarkozy will propose targeted airstrikes in Libya when he meets with EU leaders tomorrow, sources tell the AFP.
5:15 ET: France says Libya’s rebel national council is the only legitimate representative of the country.
EARLIER: Qaddafi’s forces are escalating the war again, attacking the critical eastern city of Ras Lanuf for the first time with warships and ground forces, according to Al Jazeera. Aerial bombardment of civilians and energy infrastructure continues as well.
Just yesterday it seemed that Qaddafi was avoiding ground battle in Ras Lanuf while pursuing behind the scenes negotiations. Not anymore.
Meanwhile the rebel offenseive continues on the western front toward Tripoli.
We’ll be updating through the day.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:10 am