29 Mar '11, 1pm

Nato has delayed its takeover of US-led military operations in Libya to Thursday to ensure a smooth transfer of power

Nato has delayed its takeover of US-led military operations in Libya to Thursday to ensure a smooth transfer of power

Libyan rebels burn an electricity equipment storage facility as they advance from the village of Harawa towards Sirte. Nato is delaying its takeover of all military operations in Libya by 24 hours to Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP BRUSSELS - NATO is delaying its takeover of all military operations in Libya by 24 hours to Thursday at 0600 GMT (2pm Singapore time), an alliance diplomat said on Tuesday. The 28-nation military organisation agreed on Sunday to take command of the US-led campaign, and US President Barack Obama said the transfer would be completed on Wednesday. But the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said an extra day was needed for a smooth transition from US to Nato command. The delay is also necessary because contributions from some allies could depend on the outcome of an international conference on Libya taking place on Tuesday, the diplomat said. 'N...

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