Coalition Airstrikes Give Boost to Libyan Rebels

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the attacks are working.


The allied airstrikes in Libya over the weekend gave a big boost to rebel forces on the ground, but Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi has said his forces will continue to fight, and promised a "long war." The U.S. Navy said the attacks by allied forces are working, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States will likely hand over control of the operation to Britain, France, or NATO within days, CBS reports. Coalition planes destroyed dozens of tanks and armored vehicles, according to CBS, and many government forces were killed over the weekend. The rebels are thankful for the support, but still face dangers on the ground. Those loyal to Qadhafi have been fighting in street battles with rebels in Benghazi, and some rebels tell CBS they won't stop fighting until they reach the Libyan capital of Tripoli.  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen has said the conflict in Libya can only be ultimately solved by the Libyans themselves.