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Battle For Libya Intensifies: Join the Live Chat

Tonight the war in Libya is intensifying, as the United States considers military action in Libya. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to claim victories that do not yet exist. We're Keeping Them Honest.  Plus, new disturbing images from Egypt, alleging proof of torture during Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 7th, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Airstrikes, Ground Fighting in Libya

An opposition fighter runs for cover during a government airstrike in the area of Ras Lanuf, Libya, on Monday .

An opposition fighter runs for cover during a government airstrike in the area of Ras Lanuf, Libya, on Monday .

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

As the U.S. considers military action in Libya, today Moammar Gadhafi's regime launched a new air assault in attempt to crush the uprising.

The Libyan Air Force bombed opposition-controlled positions near the eastern coastal town of Ras Lanuf. CNN's Ben Wedman and his crew saw the airstrikes after they were forced to leave a hotel amid fears of a government attack. Tonight he'll tell you about his brush again Gadhafi forces.

Closer to Tripoli, in the city of Bin Jawad, it seems Gadhafi's forces have made progress. There was heavy fighting in the city over the weekend, with at least five people killed Sunday, medical sources said.

Meanwhile, 150 pro-government troops moved into the city of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. The government insists its regained control the city, but when CNN arrived it appeared the opposition still had the upper hand.

CNN's Nic Robertson had to duck for cover today in the city when heavy-machine gunfire rang out. We'll show you that video tonight on 360.

As the fighting continues so do the lies. We're Keeping Them Honest.  See how Gadhafi's latest message doesn't match the facts.

We also have developments on the U.S. response to the uprising.

U.S., France and Britain, who are members of the U.N. Security Council, are working on a possible resolution that would include language on a no-fly zone over Libya.

Is that the right move? Should the U.S. do more? Will other countries support a no-fly zone? We'll talk it over with CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

President Obama addressed the uprising today at the White House.

"We send a very clear message to the Libyan people that we will stand with them in the face of unwarranted violence and the continued suppression of the democratic ideals," Pres. Obama said.

With all that's going on in Libya, we haven't forgotten Egypt. There are signs that the old regime of Hosni Mubarak's may be trying to erase evidence of their crimes.

Protesters broke into government buildings and discovered documents burned and shredded, just as the new government was being formed.

We'll have those latest developments and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 7th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/7/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Paul McCartney attends the Stella McCartney Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Opera Garnier on March 7, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

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Leah Smith
“I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello”


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Susan, Novato, CA
"Excuse me! Could somebody please tell those kids on my right who the Beatles were?"

___________________________________________________________________________Beat 360° Challenge


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March 7th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Gadhafi launches airstrikes as civil war rages in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi took aim at the rebel-controlled town of Ras Lanuf Monday, launching aerial strikes as part of an assault aimed at crushing the uprising against him.

At the end of the third week of unrest - protests began February 15 - Gadhafi's aerial forces targeted the main road heading into the oil town after launching another air strike earlier, five kilometers southeast of the city.

In what has turned into a civil war, members of the opposition fired anti-aircraft guns toward Gadhafi's planes.

Some families fled Ras Lanuf, hoping to escape the violence that has engulfed some of the country's most populous areas.

Meanwhile, U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said "there are credible reports of the use of helicopter gunships against civilians by government forces."

Three members of the U.N. Security Council - France, Britain, and the United States - were working Monday on a possible resolution that would include language on a no-fly zone over Libya, diplomatic sources at the United Nations said.

But any kind of military intervention could face sharp criticism from Russia and China, two permanent members of the council that wield veto power.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday he had a "very clear message to those who are around Col. Gadhafi: It is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 7th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

NATO starts 24/7 surveillance of Libya

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - NATO has launched around-the-clock surveillance flights of Libya as it considers various options for dealing with escalating violence in the war-torn country, America's ambassador to the organization told reporters Monday.

Representatives of key Western powers also highlighted the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone in Libya - part of growing campaign to break strongman Moammar Gadhafi's grip on power.

British, French and U.S. officials were working on a draft text that includes language on a no-fly zone, diplomatic sources at the United Nations told CNN.

The language in the text will deal with triggers rather than timelines for taking such a step, one diplomat noted. If gross violations of human rights are committed, the diplomat added, the elements of the text could be quickly turned into a resolution.

Any resolution on military intervention in Libya, however, would be subject to a vote by the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council. Such intervention could face sharp criticism from Russia and China, who rarely approve of such measures.

"The violence that's been taking place and perpetrated by the government in Libya is unacceptable," U.S. President Barack Obama said at the White House. Moammar Gadhafi's government "will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there."

Obama stressed that NATO is considering a wide range of responses - including military options - for dealing with the crisis.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney later cited three potential responses under active consideration: establishing the no-fly zone, military-backed humanitarian aid, and stronger enforcement of the U.N. arms embargo.

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