Friday, March 18, 2011

No Fly Zone

Rebels Shoot Down One of Gaddafi’s Fighter Jets

"Now that the U.N. is all gung ho to set up the “no-fly zone” over Libya . . . are we sure these ragtag blue-jean-clad cigarette-puffing jihadis can tell a Libyan jet from a French (or US) jet?" (via Weasel Zippers)( HT: Michael Yon on FaceBook)   ...Good question

Update: BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A warplane was shot down on Saturday over the Libyan city of Benghazi and an opposition activist said it was a rebel fighter jet hit by accident.

Azeldin al-Sharif, an opposition activist, said rebel forces had brought the plane down by mistake over the city of Benghazi.

The city came under attack from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday, including air strikes by planes loyal to the government.

"The fighter jet that was brought down this morning, was a revolutionary fighter jet and was hit by mistake. There is no communication on the ground," said Sharif, head of the British-Libyan Solidarity Campaign.

Earlier, Reuters correspondent Angus MacSwan described seeing the warplane come down.

"I saw the plane circle around, come out of the clouds, head toward an apparent target, and then it was hit and went straight down in flames and a huge billow of black smoke went up," he said.
(See video here)