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23 June 2011

The Libya war: in pictures

The government is expected to announce that the war has cost £250m. Here are images of the conflict

By Samira Shackle

Above, David Cameron arrives at a press conference on 21 June. He insisted that Britain would continue its Libya operations for “as long as is necessary”. Today, the government is expected to announce that the mission has cost £250m.

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People gather next to buildings damaged by Nato airstrikes in Tripoli. Nato admitted causing civilian deaths, and blamed this on a “weapons system failure”. At least nine people were killed, including two children.

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Here, French helicopters land off the coast of Libya following airstrikes. Today’s announcement contradicts George Osborne’s claim that the war would cost tens, not hundreds, of millions.

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A French aircraft carrier off the Libyan coast is pictured from a helicopter. In news reminiscent of the Iraq War, the Financial Times revealed that only 12 UK officials are working on plans for Gaddafi’s departure and reconstruction.

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Above, Libyans loyal to Gaddafi dance at Tripoli’s Mitiga International airport to celebrate 41 years after the United States left Libya on 11 June 1970.

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A child poses with a rifle at the same event. These pictures were taken on a guided government tour.

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Here, rebel fighters flash the victory sign as they drive towards the frontline from their stronghold of Benghazi.

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During Friday noon prayers in Revolution Square, Benghazi, Libyans pray over six bodies recovered from a mass grave. These were allegedly the bodies of people killed by Gaddafi’s regime some 20 years ago.

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Above, Libyan rebels fire a machine gun at positions held by forces loyal to Gaddafi during fighting in the western mountain region of Qalaa. The opposition has warned that it will run out of funds in less than a week without aid.

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This picture shows another building destroyed by Nato warplanes, this t.ime in the Bab Al-Aziziya district of Tripoli where Gaddafi has his base