March 18: Qaddafi’s government declares a cease-fire, but his forces continue their assault on Ajdabiya.
March 17: Rebels are pushed all the way back to the edge of Benghazi, while Qaddafi’s forces regroup in Ajdabiya for an assault on the de facto rebel capital. UN passes Resolution 1973 late that evening, authorizing not only a no-fly zone over Libya, but “all necessary measures.”
March 16: Qaddafi’s forces take Ajdabiya, and Qaddafi’s son boasts that the rebels will be crushed within 48 hours. France takes the lead on the international push for a no-fly zone in a letter to the UN Security Council.
March 15: Qaddafi’s forces begin shelling Ajdabiya, the last major city before Benghazi. International support for a no-fly zone gains traction.
March 13- 14: Over the weekend, Qaddafi’s forces regain control of Ras Lanuf and Brega and begin their push toward Ajdabiya.