» Oh, and there are other costs, too: It costs a fighter jet thousands of dollars an hour just to get off the ground — for example, according to a 2009 estimate from The Washington Post, an F-22 (one of the types of fighter jets in use over in Libya) costs around $44,000 per flying hour. And that’s not even discussing manpower or intelligence or other technologies in use. War is expensive. Even a couple of hours in.
As of now our aircraft are preventing [Gaddafi’s] planes from attacking the townFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking at a press conference after the emergency Paris summit has confirmed that French fighter planes are already enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya, particularly Benghazi. (via newsflick)
» With expected urgency: Reports out of Libya have suggested that rebel forces are significantly over-matched against the military forces still loyal to dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and this article suggests that by the time the international community makes its move, he may already have reasserted control. It’s hard to topple a strongman who, for all his incoherence, viciousness and bombast, still has enough military willing to shoot and bomb their fellow countrymen. France has lauded the Arab League’s request of the U.N Security Council in support of a no-fly zone, and hopes it will lead to expedient action.
Brega has been cleansed of armed gangs.A pro-Gaddafi military source • Offering a pretty stark sentiment of the fighting in the Western Libyan seaport of Brega on state television. Al Jazeera says they could not confirm this information, but any time a military figure uses the phrase “cleansed” in any context, it makes us greatly uncomfortable. source (via • follow)
France recognizes the National Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. There will be an exchange of ambassadors between Paris and Benghazi.A spokesperson for French President Nicolas Sarkozy • Revealing that France now considers the opposition government, the Libyan National Council, the right one in Libya. This is a big step, considering that France is a major player on the political stage. It hurts Gaddafi further. So, who’s next? source (via • follow)
We’ve been defeated. They are shelling and we are running away. That means that they’re taking Ras Lanuf.A rebel fighter in the Libyan city of Ras Lanuf • Discussing how Gaddafi supporters took over the oil port city. It’s just one front in which Gaddafi’s folks have been trying to gain lost ground. The capture of this town, by the way, completely follows the playbook Gaddafi has been pushing lately. source (via • follow)