May 24, 2011 / 4:39 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

May 24 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* NATO warplanes hammered Gaddafi’s compound with their heaviest air strikes yet on Tuesday after the United States said he would “inevitably” be forced from power.

* French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that a NATO bombing campaign against troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was making progress and should achieve its objectives within months.

* Britain is considering using attack helicopters to beef up NATO’s military operations in Libya but has not yet made a decision, the government said on Tuesday.

* Plans to send attack helicopters to Libya and intensified bombing of Tripoli reflect growing Western worries that the war is dragging on indecisively but may not be enough to tip the balance quickly, analysts say.

* African migrants, captured and jailed by the rebels they were fighting in Libya’s Western Mountains, say they were tricked or coerced into fighting for Gaddafi’s army in the belief they faced an al Qaeda invasion.

* Top Libyan oil official Shokri Ghanem has not defected, contrary to widespread reports, and is secretly working for Gaddafi to maintain ties with big oil companies, sources at Western firms said.

* The United States has invited Libya’s rebel council to base a representative in Washington because it is no longer talking to Gaddafi and his government, a senior U.S. diplomat said.

* The leaders of the United States and Britain pledged on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on Gaddafi until he fully complies with United Nations resolutions.

* A group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday expressing support for American military action in Libya, but it stops short of officially authorising the action ordered by President Obama in March.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 8,019 sorties, including 3,077 strike sorties.

* NATO said it conducted 149 air sorties on Monday, 52 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions. NATO officials said bad weather had limited the number of targets hit in the past two days.

It said targets attacked on Monday included:

— One armoured vehicle store in Tripoli

— One ammunition storage facility, one command-and-control node in the vicinity of Sirte

— One military equipment maintenance & storage facility in the vicinity of Sebha

— Two truck-mounted guns in the vicinity of Misrata

* Twenty-one ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea to enforce a U.N. arms embargo. On Monday, seven vessels were hailed to determine destination. Two were boarded but neither was diverted.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 1,025 vessels have been hailed, 50 boarded and seven diverted. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Michel Rose)

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