FACTBOX-Western military assault on Libya's Gaddafi

Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:53pm GMT

BRUSSELS, March 22 (Reuters) - Below is a synopsis of military action in Libya so far, beginning with latest developments. New items marked with a *


* -- U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet crashed in Libya overnight after apparent mechanical failure but its crew were safe, a spokesman for the U.S. military Africa Command says.

* -- NATO meets again to try to resolve a fractious debate on who should command the military campaign in Libya once the United States steps back from leading the operation.

* -- Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi attack two Libyan towns after a third night of air raids on Tripoli. Western campaign faces questions over the future of its command structure.


* -- Anti-aircraft fire and explosions reverberate across Tripoli for a third night and state television said several sites had come under attack.

* -- Commander of U.S. forces General Carter Ham says attacks on Libya likely to slow in the coming days.   Continued...

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