Live Blog: Libyan Air Strikes, Thursday's Developments
For another night and day, Allied fighter planes attacked targets held by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, while Gadhafi's forces continue to attack rebels. (This post will refresh every 30 minutes unless we jump in with breaking news.)
Update at 6:55 a.m. ET: Rebels Besieged In The East: the BBC cites reports of fighting in Ajdabiya and burning houses; the city lies to the south of the main rebel city, Benghazi.
Our original post: The Guardian reports rebels still hold the western town of Misrata, following Allied bombing of tanks and artilllery. But SkyNews reports pro-Gadhafi forces continue to fire on the city.
Even if the Allied air strikes drive back the Libyan pro-government fighters, it doesn't make work easier for the Libyan rebels. NPR's Eric Westervelt tells Morning Edition the rebels are disorganized and badly trained, and worse, have no coherent way to communicate with each other or receive commands.
NPR's Tom Gjelten explores possible endgames in Libya: could it be a standoff? The Allies control Libya's air and sea routes. But Gadhafi controls western Libya and Tripoli, the heavily populated capital, where air strikes cannot be used. With the rebels holding eastern Libya the country is effectively split in two, thus producing a military stalemate with no clear end. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.