*The White House says President Obama will talk about the military operation in Libya on Monday evening in a nationally televised speech at the National Defense University. It will be his first formal explanation of the goals of this increasingly complex and dangerous mission.

The President has come under fire from Republicans in Congress for failing to provide a coherent explanation of the operation, which is in its sixth day. Administration officials say the air strikes have averted a rout by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in the Libyan city of Benghazi and established a no-fly zone over Libya.

In a statement Friday, the White House said he would “update the American people on the situation in Libya, including the actions we’ve taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Muammar Qaddafi, the transition to NATO command and control, and our policy going forward.”