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  • n. Airspace in which certain aircraft, especially military aircraft, are forbidden to fly.

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  • n. an airspace in which aircraft, especially military aircraft, are forbidden to fly


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  • However, the only reason that Ansar al-Islam could exist in that part of Kurdish Iraq was because the U.S. Air Force had been enforcing a no-fly zone in the region for more than a decade, which meant that the Pentagon had more control over that part of Kurdistan than Saddam did.

    The Longest War

  • The air force is still enforcing a no-fly zone over Promise City.


  • Zarqawi’s initial Iraq operation was limited to Kurdistan, part of the no-fly zone established by the United States in northern Iraq that was outside Saddam Hussein’s control.

    The Longest War

  • Diplomatic Disagreements Libya : South Africa agreed to no-fly zone but would prefer African Union to negotiate a cease-fire instead of continuing NATO campaign to force Moammar Gadhafi to step down.

    First Lady Heads To South Africa


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  • "The Security Council today effectively authorized the use of force in Libya to protect civilians from attack, specifically in the eastern city of Benghazi, which Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi has reportedly said he will storm tonight to end a revolt against his regime.
    Expressing grave concern at the deteriorating situation, the escalation of violence, and the heavy civilian casualties, the Council established a no-fly zone, banning all flights – except those for humanitarian purposes – in Libyan airspace in order to help protect civilians. It specifically calls on Arab League states to cooperate with other Member States in taking the necessary measures."
    - Security Council authorizes ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians in Libya, UN News Centre, 17 March 2011.

    Just 2 days of blistering Wordnik pressure was all it took for a UN Security Council cave-in!

    March 18, 2011

  • March 16, 2011

  • The UN Security Council today approved a no-action zone over Libya after weeks of difficult negotiations. A spokeman said it was touch and go in getting the measure approved but he was now confident that the organisation could officially do nothing with the consent of the international community. "Look, we have commitments from member states to contribute forces to take no action whatsoever, and that's very significant," he stated. "Despite accusations levelled against the organisation, this resolution on no-action speaks unequivocally." The no-action plan is to become effective immediately. "We're not just sitting on our hands," the spokeman added, "but actively wringing them while making plaintive noises. I think this sends a clear signal to the broader family of nations regarding the UN's forthright role in sensitive areas of security."

    March 16, 2011