Rebels prepare for Moamar Gaddafi's promised storming of Benghazi. (AFP: Patrick Baz)
The United Nations Security Council has voted to adopt a resolution that allows for a no-fly zone and other measures to protect civilians in Libya.
The vote comes as Moamar Gaddafi told Libyan rebels that his armed forces were coming to their capital Benghazi tonight and would not show any mercy to fighters who resisted them.
French diplomatic sources suggest targeted air raids could start immediately.
Mr Gaddafi's latest threats have raised the sense that a decisive moment has come in a month-old uprising inspired by rebellions against autocratic rule elsewhere in the Arab world.
The security council resolution, backed by Arab powers and submitted by France, Britain and Lebanon, could open the way for air strikes to protect civilians from retribution by the man who has ruled Libya for 41 years.
It authorises a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians under threat.
In a sharp shift in tone, the United States said it was actively pushing for measures "short of boots on the ground" and the possible bombing of government targets.
One official said Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were among possible participants, in a showing designed to demonstrate that the effort to aid anti-Gadhafi rebels had support from other countries in the region.
With deposement what is to be obtained? Quite possibly Islamic sharia rule. So perhaps weaken The Colonel but if France should eliminate this regime then France had best have a favorable succession plan that it knows will hold. Good luck, France, it is your backyard and you will live with the consequences just as we in the U.S. are doing. 0.02
With deposement what is to be obtained? 1) Quite possibly Islamic sharia rule2). So perhaps weaken The Colonel but if France should eliminate this regime then France had best have a favorable succession plan that it knows will hold. Good luck, France, it is your backyard3) and you will live with the consequences just as we in the U.S. are doing.4) 0.02
Hopefully, all surviving KBR and Bechtel dudes will share their newfound wealth back in the States if and when they manage to smother the burning petrol fires in the mustard gas and radiologically-contaminated environment which may come soon from a dying regime. A fine thing EU weather is warming, too. Give 'em the steel, boys. (popcorn)
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