Obama: U.S. launches military action against Libya

Saturday, March 19, 2011 | 4:08 p.m. CDT; updated 10:03 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 19, 2011

BRASILIA, Brazil — President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya on Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi's continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice. The Pentagon said 112 cruise missiles were launched from U.S. and British ships and subs, hitting 20 targets.