March 1, 2011
Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation’s air defense systems, top US commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday.
A no-fly zone would require removing “the air defense capability first,” Mattis, the head of Central Command, told a Senate hearing.
“It would be a military operation,” the general said.
The United States and its allies are weighing possible military action, including a no-fly zone, to stop Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi from using his forces to crush mounting opposition.