24 Mar '11, 8pm

NATO to take command in Libya

NATO to take command in Libya

TRIPOLI: NATO on Thursday agreed to take control of enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya to thwart the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, as coalition air strikes targeted Tripoli for the sixth straight day. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that after days of fraught talks, as NATO member Turkey objected to air strikes against Gaddafi's forces, the 28-member alliance had finally reached a deal. "We have now decided to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya," he said in a statement, adding "we are taking action as part of a broad international effort to protect civilians against the Gaddafi regime." Rasmussen later told CNN that the alliance was considering whether to expand the NATO operation to include a broader role to use all necessary means to protect civilians on the ground. Coalition air strikes in recent days have also targeted Libyan ground forces. T...

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