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Libya
Population 5,613,380
Budget$ 3,475,000,000
Manpower 30000
Aircrafts 127
Fighters 20
Helicopters 32
Attack helicopters 7
Fleet 7
Aircraftcarriers 0
Submarines 0
Nuclear weapons 0

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A multi-state NATO-led coalition launched a military intervention against Libya on 19 March 2011. This was in response to the First Libyan Civil War. The UN Security Council voted with ten votes to approve and five abstentions to declare an immediate ceasefire in Libya. It also stated that it would end the current attacks on civilians as "crimes against humanity".... [imposing] a ban all flights within the country's airspace -- a no fly zone -- and increased sanctions against the Muammar Qadhafi and his supporters. The British and American naval forces fired more than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Air Force, British Royal Air Force and French Air Force conducted sorties through Libya and a naval blockade imposed by Coalition forces. French jets launched air attacks against Libyan Army vehicles and tanks. French jets launched air strikes against Libyan Army tanks and vehicles. Operation Harmattan is the French intervention, Operation Ellamy is the United Kingdom's response and Operation Mobile is for the Canadian participation. Operation Odyssey Dawn is for the United States. Italy initially refused to participate in the intervention, but offered to accept it on condition that NATO would take the lead of the mission and not individual countries (especially France).



This condition was later fulfilled and Italy began sharing its intelligence and bases with allies. The initial coalition, which included Belgium, Canada and Denmark, France as well as Spain, France, Italy and Norway, was expanded to 19 states. Newer states were responsible for enforcing no-fly zones and providing logistical support. France and the United Kingdom led the effort initially, while command was shared with the United States. NATO, renamed Operation Unified Protector, took over the arms embargo. An attempt to unify military command of the air combat campaign, while keeping political and strategic control with small groups, was initially rejected by the French and German governments. NATO took control of the no fly zone on 24 March. Command of ground units is still with coalition forces. The handover took place on 31 March 2011, at 06:00 UTC (08:00 GMT). Since 31 March 2011, NATO flew 26500 sorties from Libya. The fighting in Libya came to an abrupt halt in October after Muammar Gaddafi's death. NATO announced that it would cease operations in Libya on October 31, 2011. The new Libyan government asked for an extension of its mission to the end, and NATO stated that it would cease military operations over Libya on 31 October 2011.

Source: Wikipedia