Saturday, March 19, 2011

Libya: French planes destroy 4 Libyan tanks

The war has started for the French:
L’aviation française a ouvert le feu à 17h45 sur un véhicule militaire libyen et l’a neutralisé, indique le ministère de la défense français. Un demi-heure plus tard, ce sont trois véhicules supplémentaires qui ont neutralisés dans la région de Benghazi, indique le ministère de la défense.
My translation:
The French air force opened fire at 5:45 pm on a Libyan military vehicle and neutralized it, said the French Defense Minister. Half an hour later, three more vehicles had been neutralized in the Benghazi region, said the Defense Minister.
The French headline uses the word "blindé" to describe the vehicles, which I think means "tank," but I'm not well-versed in French military terminology.

The important thing to notice here is that attacking tanks means there's a lot more going on than just a "no-fly zone." This is direct ground support.

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