U.S., France launch strike to counter aggression by Gadhafi regime

Saturday, March 19, 2011 | 6:35 p.m. CDT

BENGHAZI, Libya — The U.S. fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Moammar Gadhafi's forces from the air on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.