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March 22nd, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Amb. Burns: F-15 crash shows mission in Libya is going to be difficult

A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed in a Libyan field, but both Americans on the plane are safe and in U.S. hands.

The United States and allied forces have established a no-fly zone in Libya, but it is unclear what the next step of Operation Odyssey Dawn will be. Ambassador Nicholas Burns is a former Under Secretary of State and is a Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Amb. Burns talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the United States' current and future role in Libya.


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  1. Planer

    I wonder if this crash could have beeen related to the spate of F-15 crashes that occurred back in 2007 due to metal fatigue and cracks? Within a few months, 9 crashes occurred then forcing the AF to ground all F-15 Series A thru D until the problem could be resolved. Series D was not affected then although this week's crash involved this particular generation of the F-15. The AF needs that F-35 JSF to replace these aging planes that was introduced in 1972. The AF should've stuck with the F-14 TomCat and retired the F-15 instead.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  2. ray

    news in london is that the pilot was rescued by frendly rebels. When US forces came to rescue the pilot they shot 6 frendly rebels by mistake. One of the shot rebels parents said they still loved the usa despite the shootings.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  3. Amin khan

    once the nations gets up then it is sure that they get their destinations. what ever is going on in Libya is their internal national issu. why amarica is interfering in every ones country. Amarica says that the libyan revolution may be harmful for the world, thats why they are interfering in it. but let me ask that why they take every thing as if it will be dangerous for amarica and the world? has only amarica worry to take care of the entire world?

    March 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  4. Randy

    Wow, what an uneducated moron. Please explain to me how Libya "isn't going to be easy" when the F-15E that just recently crashed was due to a mechanical failure, NOT, and I repeat, NOTTTT from being shot at. Shut up, seriously.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:19 am |