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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.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Big Will

    Well that's more of a reason we should wait for the U.N. to get involved. We don't have the resources to fight the Worlds battles, and no matter how humane we may want to appear to our U.N community, we must use restraint and only limited resources to aid Libya. Moreover the aid should only be given to those who are engaged in a PEACEFUL protest. We do not negotiate with terrorist or aid other terrorist in killing each other. (You know the forces of the world that think they can just move in to a established government and overthrow it because they disagree with its administration or its policy.) If we do this then what country will be next and can that "country" depend on the U.S. to help them overthrow their political regime? Heck No is my answer! Send food and medical aid from the U.S. only! Let the U.N. send in the troops!

    March 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  2. robertenglish

    why should we bomd libyas airstrips when thier using tak helicopters it justs makes no sences

    March 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  3. Big Will

    It is not the responsibility of the U.S armed forces to control the political opposition to a dictatorship. We live in a democracy and the Libyan government does not. If the world feels there is a problem in Libya then the WORLD, not just the U.S. Armed forces should act in unison. Stop waiting for the United States of America to weaken itself even more by trying to change or overthrow another Middle Eastern government. If we can send aid, meaning food and medical supplies to the regions of Libya that are most effected what more can the world ask for? The U.N. should be the ones to decide what military actions are going to be taken against Libya. As far as our current administration is concerned we have already frozen all accounts Libya has in U.S. controlled institutions and imposed a few other economic sanctions, but as far as the U.S. sending our troops to fight alongside rebels to help overthrow a government through an act of war is something the U.S. government should definitely not do. Where is the rest of the world? Why aren't they doing more? We are a democracy and we have to vote to change what we don't like. If the people in the U.S. aren't happy with our government officials we must make a Peaceful protest then get the protested matter attached to a ballot, then we must vote on the measure in order to change it. We cannot go out into the streets stop the flow of traffic and use violence or threats of it to bring about change. Let the world get evolved in this one first, and then we can evaluate our stance. We should not lead in any military action as our forces are being stretched to thin. What do you think America?

    March 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  4. Tory

    good evening anderson. i just wanna know why are the only country who have to keep bailing countries out of there problems?we have our own issues. let some elese deal with this. or better yet if we are going to keep playing body guard then theses countries need to pay us for our services and lost of life from our troops that fight their wars. will theses country's just please our number and let us deal with what we have on our plate already.thank you for letting me get this off my chest.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  5. Neeta

    Gaddafi is using mercenaries in his war against his people. Turn his Mercenaries against him. No-Fly zones & arming the rebels is all very well, but like most bureaucratic theories, highly inefficient – many many rebel lives will be lost. Why not just go to the root cause, the cancer driving this entire unrest. Rid the country of its cancer. Turn the mercenaries, the rebels, pros, African Govts., or others against Gaddafi who is now officially being recognized as a war criminal, by offering a reward of $50 million to anyone capturing him dead or alive. The World Council will jointly offer this with each country provisioning a portion of the reward money. What an incentive! Chaos will prevail within Gadaffi's inner ranks when a public announcement over the world's media outlets announces the reward money.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
  6. Jim Carroll

    DOWN WITH THE DICTATOR OF LIBYA. PRESIDENT OBAMA,USE ALL THE FORCE THAT IS NEED, AND WHEN THE BATTLE IS OVER MAKE SURE YOU GET THE LIGHT AND WATER BACK ON AND THE TOILETS FLUSHING AND THE SUPERMARKETS SHELVES STOCKED. WASTE NO TIME!
    PRESIDENT OBAMA, GET HOLD OF BOTH EARS AND PULL. THE RED FLAG IS GOING UP THE POLE. YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET A JIMMY CARTER PULLED ON YOU: INFLATION AND HIGHER INTEREST RATES. INFLATION IS A EUPHEMISM FOR THEFT. RAISING INTEREST RATES TO FIGHT THEFT IS
    LIKE POURING GASOLINE ON A BURNING HOUSE TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. IF YOU STAND BY AND LET OIL COMPANIES AND THE DEVIL DAMN BANKS ROB PEOPLE, YOU WILL NOT GET MY VOTE IN 2012; EVEN THOU I LOVE YOU, AND YOU SURE WANT GET ANY REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS. TREMBLING LIPS AND SHAKY LEGS, DON’T JUST STAND THERE TALK BACK AND TELL THESE
    FREE MARKET CAPITALIST HELL NO, HELL NO, YOU CAN’T DO THAT. COPY AND EMAIL TO THE MEDIA AND YOUR FRIENDS ASK THEM TO GO TO THE INTERNET FREE PRESS AND READ MORE.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    We were naive to think that Mubarak's group would not destroy evidence of their wrongdoings; in WW2 the Germans couldn't burn their documents fast enough.

    A no-fly zone is a good idea as long as its not just the US supporting it or maintaining the sole support in the air for it. The rest of the UN needs to shoulder their share of this as well.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm |