Benghazi Bombing: Arab Warplanes Joining in Strike

Mar 21, 2011, 09:29 by David Hope

Benghazi strikes continue on Monday, while we learn that Arab nations plan to also assist the U.N. coalition. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed on Sunday that Arab League forces would soon join the allied air campaign in Libya.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said on "Fox News Sunday" that Qatar was moving warplanes in the area and would join the operations this week.

"There are significant engagements abroad, engagements with Arab countries, to see what additional capabilities would be committed, and that is being worked very hard," said Mullen.

The admiral said U.S.-European operations thus far were being limited to the Benghazi front, where anti-government rebels had been in the most imminent peril from Moammar Gadhafi's better-armed troops. As a result, Gadhafi's command-and-control infrastructure in Tripoli had been spared.

Mullen said the United Nations mandate was focused on protecting civilians from potential atrocities. "This is not about going after Gadhafi himself or attacking him at this particular point in time," Mullen said. "It is about achieving these narrow and relatively limited objectives."

Source: UPI