His troops have reportedly entered the rebel city of Benghazi.
ALLOUM, Egypt — Defying international warnings, Libyan forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fought their way Saturday into the opposition stronghold of Benghazi with a barrage of air strikes and mortar fire.
French warplanes, the vanguard of an allied effort to stop Gadhafi, flew into Libyan airspace to stop the attacks.
“It’s a grave decision we’ve had to take,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in Paris after a closed door meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“Along with our Arab, European and North American partners, France has decided to play its part before history.”
President Barack Obama traveling in Brazil on the first leg of a three country trip to Latin America, didn’t immediately comment on the assault on Benghazi, or the United Nations-backed military effort to stop it. The U.S. is playing a supporting role in the effort led by France and Great Britain.
But on the bright side, Obama was said to really fired up that his NCAA picks were all doing well.