Gulf of Sidra

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Sidra, Gulf of

(sĭd`rə), Arab. Khalij Surt, arm of the Mediterranean Sea, lying between Misratah and Benghazi, Libya. Tuna fishing is an important economic activity.
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Sidra, Gulf of


(also Khalij Surt), a gulf of the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya. The Gulf of Sidra extends inland 115 km. It measures 465 km at the entrance and has a maximum depth of 1,374 m. Tides are semidiurnal and measure 0.4 m. Ports on the gulf include Bengasi, Marsa el Brega, and Es Sider, the last two of which are used for the export of oil.

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The only times a US Navy challenge has erupted into a confrontation was in the 1980s when Libya under Moammar Qadhdhafi tried to chase away the US Navy after it challenged Libya's claim to own the entirety of the Gulf of Sidra and in 1988 when a Soviet frigate "nudged" a US aircraft carrier in an effort to get the carrier to move out of waters claimed as territorial by the Soviet Union.
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Perhaps more effectively than any other man I have known, the President is able to give his full concentration to the issue at hand; then take a deep breath, clear his mind, and give the same concentration to the next matter he deals with--whether a crisis in the Gulf of Sidra or a photograph with Marvelous Marvin.
Along the way he weaves in Qaddafi's attempt to incorporate the Gulf of Sidra under Libyan control.
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ships in the Gulf of Sidra, falsely claiming to uphold freedom of the seas, so that his planes can kill and destroy with relative impunity.