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RAF Bombs Libyan Frigate

(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 11, 2011)

 

RAF jets successfully bombed a Libyan frigate in Tripoli harbour this week, along with various other key targets of forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.

 

In the early hours of Monday morning, RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft conducted precision strikes on an ammunition and vehicle depot, and a military communications facility, both near Zlitan.

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RAF aircraft target Libyan frigate

By Sam LaGrone

8/15/2011

 

A fleet of UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons and Panavia Tornado GR.4s have badly damaged the only frigate remaining in the hands of Libyan leader Moammar Ghadaffi's forces in strikes on 8 and 9 August, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 August.

 

The aircraft struck the Soviet-designed Koni-class vessel, which was alongside in the port of Tripoli, with a Paveway IV laser-guided bomb that inflicted "serious damage and left the vessel taking on water", the MoD said in a statement.

 

The 1,463-ton frigate had previously been hit by NATO air strikes as part of Operation 'Unified Protector' but was still deemed to have an "offensive capability", according to the MoD. An MoD spokesman declined to elaborate on what the specific capability was. A NATO spokesman did not return calls before the time JDW went to press.

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Gadaffi apparently fires SCUD missile:

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16050687

The US military revealed forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi have fired a scud missile near Brega, the Associated Press has reported. The missile launch against rebels marks the first use of a tactical ballistic weapon by Gaddafi's troops during the conflict in Libya.

No one is believed to have been hurt in the incident.

The unconfirmed missile attack comes after US officials said Libyan rebel advances are choking off Libyan forces in the capital Tripoli and significantly increasing pressure on Col Gaddafi.

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You know that actually happened the first time Scuds were used in combat back in 1973.

 

And most every time since. Scud is not really about destroying targets as it is about intimidation and a show of force. Whether it even succeeds in that respect is questionable. What it does do, however, is attract attention.

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BBC News

 

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Libya conflict: Rebels push towards Tripoli

 

Buoyed by gains on Saturday, rebel forces are pushing towards the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where there was heavy overnight gunfire and several explosions on Sunday morning.

 

A BBC correspondent with rebels who took Zawiya on Saturday says they have now taken Jaddayim, the first town en route to Tripoli, 40km (25 miles) east.

 

Earlier, Col Muammar Gaddafi told state TV that the "rats" [rebels] had been eliminated in the capital.

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Sweden Ready To Send Ground Troops To Libya

By GERARD O'DWYER

Published: 24 Aug 2011 10:50

 

HELSINKI - Sweden is prepared to send an air-supported ground troop contingent to Libya, independently or as part of a joint Nordic force, to help guarantee the country's long-term security in the post-Gadhafi era, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

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One of several reports I've read regarding this issue in the past couple of days ...

 

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Heat-Seeking Missiles Are Missing From Libyan Arms Stockpile

By ROD NORDLAND and C. J. CHIVERS

Published: September 7, 2011

 

TRIPOLI, Libya — The sign on the wall reads “Schoolbook Printing and Storage Warehouse,” but the fact that the double gates in the wall have been crudely ripped off suggests that something more interesting might be inside.

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