25 Mar '11, 4am

NATO to police Libya skies

BRUSSELS: NATO readied itself Friday to police Libyan skies and stop Muammar al-Gaddafi's jets, but doubts remained over whether the alliance would take full control of military operations there. After marathon talks focused on Turkey's objections to the US-led coalition's bombing campaign, NATO agreed to enforce the no-fly zone late Thursday but had yet to authorise attacks on Gaddafi's ground forces. For now, NATO will launch operations within the next three days to prevent Gaddafi's jets from taking to the skies -- shooting them down if necessary -- while the coalition remains in charge of targeting ground forces. Turkey, NATO's sole Muslim member and a key regional power, has ruled out taking part in any combat mission, and since the 28-nation alliance works by consensus, its support would be needed to expand the mission. Another key question to resolve is who will hav...

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