29 March 2011 Last updated at
Libya no-fly zone: Coalition firepower
Western and Arab leaders met in Paris to agree how to enforce the UN resolution
A joint operation to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone over Libya is under way - aimed at protecting Libyan civilians from government forces.
France, in diplomatic terms, has been one of the main promoters of UN Security Council resolution 1973 allowing the use of force, and French aircraft were the first to operate over Libya.
But the US and Britain have also been key players, with a barrage of missiles launched from US and British ships and submarines as well as from the air.
While the US has been overseeing the operation, Nato has confirmed it will take over responsibility in the next few days.
and, most recently, the UAE
are also offering military support.
SOURCE: FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS, UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, GLOBAL SECURITY, AIR FORCE TECHNOLOGY, NAVAL TECHNOLOGY, NEWS AGENCIES
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