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Thursday, March 24, 2011

French Said to Strike Sabha

The coalition, in this case apparently France, has reportedly struck the airfield in Sebha Oasis, well into the Libyan Sahara. Sabha, with longtime links to Qadhafi and site of a major airfield said to be where the sub-Saharan African mercenaries Qadhafi recruited entered the country, would appear to be the deepest strikes so far, with the rest of trhe4 action confined to Mediterranean Libya.

While in-flight refueling makes range somewhat irrelevant, it did cross my mind to wonder if the French were operating from the Mediterranean (the carrier Charles de Gaulle is now in the theater) or from someplace like Chad.

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