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Old 03-22-2011, 03:52 PM
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American Warplane 'crashed' in Libya

Two crew members onboard an American warplane that crashed in Libya have been safely recovered.

The F-15 Eagle fighter came down in the desert in friendly rebel-held territory, not far from the opposition centre of Benghazi.

The US, which sent a marine core team by helicopter from a ship in the Mediterranean to rescue the crew, says the plane suffered a simple technical failure and was not shot down.

A spokesman for the military said both crew members suffered only minor injuries after ejecting from the aircraft.

The plane went down during international operations to prevent Moamar Gaddafi's forces attacking civilians.

Meanwhile, forces loyal to Mr Gaddafi have launched fresh attacks on rebel-held towns in the country's west.

Mr Gaddafi's forces have reportedly attacked the town of Zintan, near Tripoli, after a third night of coalition air strikes on the capital.

There are also reports of shelling in the rebel-held western city of Misrata, with casualties said to include four children.

The children were killed when their car was hit, said resident Mohammed by telephone.

"The situation here is very bad. Tanks started shelling the town this morning," he said from outside the city's hospital.

"Snipers are taking part in the operation too. A civilian car was destroyed killing four children on board. The oldest is aged 13."

A resident says 40 people were killed in an attack by Gaddafi forces on Misrata.

Mohammed Ahmed says he was given the figure by a member of a rebel committee in charge of medical care.

He did not say how many of the dead were civilians and how many were rebel fighters. The figure could not be independently verified and Libyan officials had no immediate comment.

Gaddafi forces also killed at least 10 people in their bombardment of the western town of Zintan, a resident said by telephone.

"Gaddafi's forces bombarded Zintan this morning and killed 10 to 15 people," said Abdulrahman.

"After the bombardment they retreated from the eastern area of Zintan. I think they want to reorganise themselves."

"But they have not withdrawn from the northern area. There is still a huge number of soldiers there, backed with 50 to 60 tanks and several vehicles. The situation here is bad."

Residents had already fled the western town centre to seek shelter in mountain caves.

In Yafran, 130 kilometres south-west of Tripoli, residents say fighting between Libyan loyalists and the rebels who control the area has killed at least nine people.

"Gaddafi forces launched a deadly offensive in the area on Monday and Tuesday. The fighting killed at least nine people and wounded many," one resident said by telephone.

Rebels have pleaded with the coalition air forces to finish the job of taking out all and any threats to the civilian populations of the country, saying they believe they are capable of doing the work on the ground once Mr Gaddafi's heavy weaponry is silenced.

Rebel spokesman Shamsedine Abdul Molla says Misrata and Zintan are dangerously surrounded and are are being bombarded by government artillery and tanks, but the rebel stronghold of Benghazi is now out of harm's way.

He says rebel forces were still engaging government troops in Ajdabiyah 160 kilometres away and that rebels control the east gate of the town but government forces were still dug in in the west.

Meanwhile, a UN special envoy to Libya says rebels want a quick ceasefire and a lifting of the siege of Libyan cities by Gaddafi forces, after meeting rebel leaders in Tobruk on Monday.

"They reiterated their demand for lifting sieges imposed by Libyan government forces on those cities and for a quick ceasefire there," Abdel Elah Al Khatib said in a statement.

US defence secretary Robert Gates says Western bombing raids against the Libyan regime likely will be scaled in a matter of days after air defence sites are knocked out.

His comments came after US president Barack Obama said the American military would be reducing its role in the operation shortly, though NATO has not yet reached an agreement to take it over.


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Old 03-22-2011, 06:03 PM
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shot down.

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Old 03-22-2011, 09:42 PM
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So the rebels shot down a US warplane?? That's gratitude for you.

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