Libya warned the United States on August 3, that its air force would attack the U.S. aircraft carrier 'USS Eisenhower' if it entered the Gulf of Sirte, which Libya claims as its own territorial waters.
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AV U.S. carrier 'USS Eisenhower' at sea. (3 SHOTS)
N'DJAMENA (AUGUST 2)
SV Flags flying in breeze.
GV Zairean paratroopers.
GV PAN & GV Zairean fighter plane. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Zairean soldiers marching. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Plane flies low over airstrip.
FAYA-LARGEAU (AUGUST 2)
SVs Libyan prisoners. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Libyans arrive in truck surrounded by Chadians. (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV Crowd and prisoners. (2 SHOTS)
SV Secretary-General of Habre's northern army presents the prisoners.
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Background: Libya warned the United States on August 3, that its air force would attack the U.S. aircraft carrier 'USS Eisenhower' if it entered the Gulf of Sirte, which Libya claims as its own territorial waters. The statement followed an air confrontation between two Libyan jets and two U.S. F-14 planes from the 'Eisenhower' over the Gulf of Sirte on August 1. According to Pentagon officials, the Libyan planes turned and headed back to shore followed by the F-14s. No weapons were fired and the U.S. planes broke off pursuit. The incident took place 192 kilometres (120 miles) off the coast of Libya and occurred two years after a more serious incident when two Libyan fighter planes were shot down by U.S. F-14s from the carrier 'USS Nimitz' 96 kilometres (60 miles) off the Libyan coast during a U.S. military exercise there. Tensions between Washington and Libya have risen sharply over the Chad conflict amid accusations from the Chad government that Libyan planes bombed the northern garrison town of Faya-Largeau on July 30. United States anti-aircraft missiles have already been flown to Chad, on August 2, following an appeal for help by Chad, which Washington sees as one of Libya's targets in a general campaign of destabilisation in the region. Chad has called for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the 'Libyan aggression'. The U.S. is not the only nation to help the Chad government. Soldiers, paratroopers and fighter planes from Zaire have already joined the government troops in their fight against the forces of rebel leader Goukouni Oueddei, who was overthrown by Chad's President Hissene Habre one year ago. Libya has strongly denied that its forces are involved in the Chad conflict. But on August 2, three days after the recapture of the key northern town of Faya-Largeau, by government troops, the General Secretary of Hissene Habre's northern army presented a group of Libyan prisoners of war to the press. The retaking of Faya-Largeau probably spells the end of a rebel offensive which began when the forces of former President Oueddei seized Faya-Largeau on June 24, western analysts say.