Intervention In Libya Expands, Could Last 'A While'03:05
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Soldiers fix a GBU.12 bomb on a French Mirage 2000 jet fighter at the military base of Nancy, eastern France. The Mirages 2000 are operating over Libya. (AP/SIRPA AIR)
Soldiers fix a GBU.12 bomb on a French Mirage 2000 jet fighter at the military base of Nancy, eastern France. The Mirages 2000 are operating over Libya. (AP/SIRPA AIR)

Henri Guaino, a close aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, told French radio that the military intervention in Libya would probably last "a while yet." Guaino also said that that U.S. and NATO attacks have crippled Libyan air defenses and stalled troops loyal to Moammar Ghadafi.

Allied officials admit that the mission has gone beyond destroying Libyan air defenses to attacks on Libyan forces on the ground in what's now the largest military intervention in the Arab world since the start of the Iraq war.

On the ground in Libya, the attacks have elated the Libyan opposition, which now appears to be on the offensive against the regime.

We get an update with Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC.

This segment aired on March 21, 2011.

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