US: no-fly zone effectively in place over Libya

Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:20am GMT

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer said on Sunday that U.S. and allied forces have effectively established a no-fly zone over Libya and halted an offensive by Muammar Gaddafi's forces on rebels in Benghazi.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the military operation was narrowly focused on carrying out a U.N. Security Council resolution and not intended to oust the Libyan leader. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Paul Simao)

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