The United States joined with coalition partners to establish a no-fly zone over Libya in response to a United Nations resolution.
Coalition countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Norway, Qatar and the United States, are undertaking a limited military action under United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973, to end the violence against Libyan citizens by the Government of Libya..
Tomahawk and B-2 strikes were used to destroy Libyan air defense systems, surface-to-air missile sites and communication nodes.
U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirits, F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16CJ Fighting Falcons launched during the early hours of March 20 in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
Following the initial launch of Tomahawk missiles, three U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit aircraft from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., led strikes on a variety of strategic targets over Libya. U.S. fighter aircraft created airspace where no enemy forces could advance on Libyan opposition troops. Coalition aircraft carried out strikes on radar, anti-aircraft facilities, and armored vehicle convoys, as well as flying combat air patrols over the no-fly zone.
The photos shown here are a first attempt to depict the scope of the operations so far.