Friday, May 27, 2011

Libya War Maps: The Sixth Post - The Coalition's Size

Libyan War Maps:  The First Batch
Libyan War Maps:  The Second Batch 
Libyan War Maps:  The Third Batch 
Libyan War Maps:  The Fourth Batch  

Libyan War Maps: The Fifth Batch - The Geography of Oil
Libya War Maps: The Seventh Post - The Invasion of Tripoli
Libya War Maps: The Eighth Post - More Battle of Tripoli Maps

The Libyan War has pretty much fallen off the news cycle and President Obama has even claimed the United States' role is limited, but the war continues to escalate.  British attack helicopters, which have limited range and use probably implies upcoming military forward operating bases in Libya, are joining the fight and the international Coalition continues its unofficial targeting of the leader of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Republic, Mummar Qaddafi.

The Guardian has created the following map which depicts the size, activities, and attack points of the international Coalition.  The data is current as of early May.

Map by The Guardian (UK) Newspaper.  Click to enlarge.

Comparatively the war is primarily an American effort which makes the lack of media attention somewhat surprising.

  • With over 8,000 personnel in the war the United States is contributing sixty-five percent of the Coalition's manpower.
  • The United States Navy's twelve ships in the fight is the largest contingent and forms about a third of the total fleet.
  • 228 of the 246 cruse missiles, which cost $830,000 (£500,000, €580,000) a piece, fired have been American.
  • However, even though the United States has flown the most combat flights the other nations have been doing approximately two-thirds of all combat flight missions including bombing runs.

As for location of bombings it is clear that the international Coalition is both supporting the rebels/protecting rebelling civilians and targeting Qaddafi's command and control network.  Pure Qadaffi locations of Tripoli, Sirte, Zintan, and Hun have been attacked the most.  However, the second most attacked location, Misrata, was the scene of intense fighting which the rebels have only just recently won.

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