Posted by | March 17, 2011 18:57 | Filed under: Top Stories

A no-fly zone has been approved by the UN Security Council for Libya, in a vote that authorized member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from attacks by that country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi.

Before the vote at U.N. Headquarters in New York, Qaddafi vowed to launch a final assault on the opposition’s capital Benghazi and crush the rebellion as his forces advanced toward the city and warplanes bombed its airport Thursday.

After weeks of hesitancy over imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, the United States made a dramatic about-face, calling for even more expanded action, including strikes on Qaddafi’s ground forces besieging rebel-held cities.

The United States already has warships positioned near Libya.

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