19 Apr '11, 8pm

To all #Libya n desktop revolutionaries. LOGIC not politics tells why air strikes alone cannot defeat a ground force.

To all #Libya n desktop revolutionaries. LOGIC not politics tells why air strikes alone cannot defeat a ground force.

BRUSSELS: NATO acknowledged on Tuesday the limits of air power to stop Muammar Gaddafi's forces attacking the Libyan city of Misrata as France voiced more frustration over the one-month-old bombing campaign. An alliance general said NATO pilots destroyed a mobile rocket launcher firing on Misrata on Monday night and then struck armoured vehicles advancing towards the rebel-held city, where medics say 1,000 people have been killed. After NATO destroyed 40 tanks around Misrata in the past weeks, Dutch Brigadier General Mark van Uhm conceded that Gaddafi's tactic of using human shields and hiding heavy weapons in urban areas has deterred some NATO missions. "Within the current mandate and the way we operate or are allowed to operate, using air power to protect Libyan civilians on the ground of course has limitations," he told reporters. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, wh...

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