The decision to introduce highly precise helicopters that can target Qaddafi fighters ensconced among civilians has heightened concerns about the true aim of the mission in Libya.
Condolences to Anton Hammerl's family, who waited 44 days to find out that the South African photographer had been shot dead on Libya's frontlines; frustration at the South African government's silent acceptance of the Qaddafi government's lies; and a reassessment of what it takes to do this job and stay alive.
NATO airstrikes today hit two government buildings in Tripoli, including the Interior Ministry.
Libya rebels reclaimed the Misurata airport yesterday. As they advance on the eastern oil town of Brega, Britain offered them several million dollars in aid and a London office.
Fighting, particularly in Misratah, has interrupted the supply lines that provide Libya with food, fuel, and other essentials. Meanwhile, Tripoli sees heaviest bombings in weeks.
At a gathering of regional military planners on Friday, analysts discussed how security conditions have deteriorated since the beginning of the Libyan conflict, and how Al Qaeda's affiliate has used the conflict to accumulate arms.
The Libyan government said leader Muammar Qaddafi’s youngest son, the relatively unknown Saif al-Arab Qaddafi, was killed in a NATO airstrike on a Tripoli house Saturday evening.
Signs point to yes.
Gen. David Petraeus is giving up command of the Afghanistan war to take charge of the CIA. Announcement of the shift comes during a bad week for NATO in Afghanistan.