March 19, 2011 10:30 AM

U.S., allies launch strikes at Gadhafi to shield opposition

The U.S. and its allies attacked Libya Saturday, launching a wave of cruise missiles to knock out air defense sites and clearing the way for a sustained campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces. President Barack Obama, clearly not eager to launch the third U.S. military attacks in a Muslim nation after Afghanistan and Iraq, stressed that the U.S. action will be limited.

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