Monday, April 4, 2011

U.S. to stop using strike aircraft as fighting in Libya rages on



The use of U.S. strike aircraft in Libya is set to expire Monday as uncertainty lingers about whether Western allies will arm opposition members trying to oust Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

A barrage of artillery rounds fell east of the oil town of al-Brega on Monday. The town appeared firmly in the control of forces loyal to Gadhafi.

Over the weekend, destruction permeated the city of Misrata, which has been choked off by pro-Gadhafi forces surrounding the city.

"We need a lot of help in Misrata. There's so much death there," said Mustafa Abdul Hamali, a 46-year-old taxi driver who lost half of a leg. "I was driving in my car with my wife, and my car just blew up. I don't know what happened."

Khalid Moteridi, a 32-year-old businessman-turned-rebel fighter, said the situation in Libya's third-largest city has turned dire.

"It's a tragedy by all means," he said. "No electricity, no food, no water. We're trapped from all sides by the Gadhafi forces." (read more)