The FDA is banning certain foods from Japan from coming into the U.S over radiation concerns. Plus, a defiant Moammar Gadhafi speaks out in Libya. There's also a new message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi remains defiant on day four of airstrikes against his country by coalition forces.
"We will be victorious in this fight. We will not give up," Gadhafi declared on Libyan state run TV tonight.
The U.S. military has flown 212 sorties over Libya, while an additional 124 were flown by coalition forces. The U.S. military has also carried out 108 strikes and 162 Tomahawk missiles have been fired.
But all isn't going smoothly in Libya for the U.S. military. A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet crashed in Libya Monday night "when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction."
Both the pilot and weapons officer ejected safely and were rescued within hours.
The military dispatched two Marine Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, which is about 100 miles off the coast of Libya, to pick up one of the aviators.
The other crew member was recovered by Libyan rebels who treated him with "respect and dignity" until coalition forces were able to get him out of Libya.
The airstrikes continue because Gadafi is ignoring the U.N. mandate, according to U.S. military leaders.
"Gadhafi and his forces are not yet in compliance of the United Nations Security Council resolution due to the continued aggressive actions his forces are taking against the civilian population of Libya," Adm. Samuel Locklear said.
One place where fighting still rages is in Misrata, east of Tripoli.
"There are more than 50 snipers over the rooftops of the city. They are attacking people and civilians," an eyewitness tells us. You'll hear more from him tonight on AC360.
We'll also look at the questions being raised about how the coalition campaign against Gadhafi will continue and who will take the lead in the days ahead. Will NATO take the command? We'll talk it over with Jill Doughery, David Gergen and Fouad Ajami.
We'll also give you the latest developments on Japan's nuclear crisis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is blocking the shipment into the U.S. of any milk products, fresh fruits and vegetables from areas closest to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
All other food products will be tested for radiation exposure.
At the plant there was some progress today. Power is restored to the control room of the No. 3 reactor, but not yet the cooling system.
Tokyo Electric, which runs the plant, said the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors suffered more serious damage from seawater than originally suspected and it will take more time to make repairs.
The seawater was poured into the reactors in an attempt to cool them following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The president is visiting Central America. I hope my daily letter finds him there.
Dear Mr. President,
Despite everything else that is going on in the world, I must say I am delighted to see you are visiting El Salvador. It is a beautiful country and one that is sorely overlooked by most of us here.
I first went there rather unexpectedly in 1986. My wife and I had just returned from our honeymoon and were spending our first weekend together as a married couple in our new home of New Orleans. The phone rang and my news director said, "Do you have a passport? There has been a big earthquake in Salvador. A cease-fire has been declared in the civil war. Your plane leaves in three hours."
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