Operation Odyssey Dawn: U.S. Jet Crashes As Rebels Struggle To Defend Eastern Cities (PHOTOS)

03/22/2011 03:35 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

French officials say the international military effort in Libya known as Operation Odyssey Dawn is expected to last "awhile" following embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi's promise of a "long war."

As the AFP is reporting, Britain's armed forces says Gaddafi is "absolutely not" a target for military action at present. Rebel groups are now reportedly saying they want to drive Gaddafi from power and see him tried, not to have him killed.

On Tuesday, a U.S. military jet crashed to the ground, although both crewmen were rescued. Gaddafi forces continue shelling rebels as they attempted to protect the key Eastern city of Ajdabiya.

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