The U.S. military has launched its first missiles in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, a senior Defense Department official said Saturday.

Earlier, French fighter jets deployed over Libya fired at a military vehicle on Saturday, the country's first strike against Moammar Gadhafi's military forces who earlier attacked the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

U.S. Tomahawk missiles have landed in the western area around Tripoli and Misrata, the American military official said. ''He's clearly been on the offensive,'' the official said of Gadhafi. ''He said that he was going to do a cease-fire and he continued to move his forces into Benghazi.''

The military official said the attacks on Gadhafi's forces will be part of a multiphase approach in a sequential and deliberate manner. ''The U.S. will be at the front end of this, providing the unique capabilities that the U.S has,'' the official said.

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