Coalition cruise missiles and strike aircraft have significantly degraded Libya's air defenses just two days into Operation Odyssey Dawn, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, Joint Staff director, told reporters during a Pentagon briefing, March 20, 2011. Speaking that same day, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said coalition aircraft already had a no-fly zone "effectively in place" over Benghazi and would start to expand the zone westward—closer to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Here, an F-16 from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, takes off to participate in the initial wave of air attacks on Libyan military sites, March 19, 2011.
Air Force photo by A1C Matthew B. Fredericks
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