Pentagon officials told Congress on Friday that 'don't ask don't tell' – regulations prohibiting the service of openly gay or lesbian troops – could cease being military policy within six months.
The coalition of nations working to enforce the Libya no-fly zone are finding it difficult to balance their different political, military, and social concerns for the future of Libya.
Allied forces have imposed a no-fly zone over Libya, Pentagon officials say. But many in Washington remain uneasy about an engagement whose objectives seem less than clear.
But some eyewitnesses raised doubt about whether a purported strike last night in Qaddafi’s compound had in fact been the precise target.
While French, British and U.S. forces strike in Libya, embattled leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi vowed defiance, saying he would open weapons depots to arm the general populace.
The first major attack of "Odyssey Dawn" came as 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles struck surface-to-air missiles, early warning sites, and key communication modes. It's the first step in enforcing a no-fly zone.
Monday's thwarted pirate attack on the Maersk Alabama was the first time a large cargo ship with an armed security team were able to repel an attack, according to US Navy commanders.
Escalation of violence could lead pirate gangs to join radical militants, including those with ties to Al Qaeda, say analysts.
Navy snipers shot three pirates who had held Richard Phillips hostage since Wednesday. The episode threatens to change the dynamics of piracy in the region.