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Obama confirms US role in Libya strikes

20 March 2011 Last updated at 00:11 GMT

The UK, the US and France have begun air strikes Libya as enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone gets under way.

US President Barack Obama, speaking during a visit to Brazil, said the US was taking "limited military action" as part of a "broad coalition".

"We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy," he said.