Wednesday, April 6, 2011
US INVOLVEMENT IN LIBIA: Yes or No?
* 1981 In the First Gulf of Sidra Incident on August 1981, US planes based on the carrier USS Nimitz shot down two Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra after a Libyan jet fired a heat-seeking missile as the
U.S. demostrated that the Gulf of Sidra was international water.
* 1986 Again, in March of 1986, the United States had to respond in a missile exchange with Libian forces in the Gulf of Sidra.
* In Operation El Dorado Canyon, on April 16, 1986 President Reagan, using U.S. Air and Naval Forces, conducted bombing strikes on terrorist facilities and military installations in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli after Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi conducted a bombing in Germany that killed two U.S. soldiers.
* Another Gulf of Sidra Incident took place on January 4, 1989 when two US Navy F-14 aircraft off the USS John F. Kennedy shot down two Libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea 70 miles north of Libya when the Libyan planes demostrated hostile intentions.