US: Strikes on Libya to Slow

Coalition hits Libya for third night
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2011 1:19 AM CDT
US: Strikes on Libya to Slow
A fuel tank of a power station burns on the frontline of the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Coalition forces pounded targets in Libya for a third night yesterday, but the general leading US forces says the pace of air attacks is likely to slow soon. The campaign to destroy Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and establish a no-fly zone is almost complete, and American officials are seeking to hand over leadership of the operation to European allies, reports the New York Times.

"My sense is that unless something unusual or unexpected happens, we may see a decline in the frequency of attacks, " said Gen. Carter Ham. Coalition forces aren't attempting to provide air cover for rebels, he added, warning of a potentially long stalemate between Gadhafi's forces and the rebels, AP reports. President Obama says that he expects control of the operation to be handed over within days. "It is US policy that Gadhafi needs to go,” he told reporters. “And we’ve got a wide range of tools in addition to our military effort to support that policy." (More Libya stories.)

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