31 Mar '11, 10am

NATO finally takes full command of Libya campaign

NATO finally takes full command of Libya campaign

BRUSSELS: NATO finally took full command of all Libyan operations on Thursday, but only a minority of the 28 allied nations will conduct the bombings that had been under US leadership until now. An armada of ships and warplanes from the United States, France, Britain, Canada and other coalition nations came under NATO control after the alliance overcame internal divisions to take over the mission. "On Thursday morning at 0600 GMT, NATO took sole command of international air operations over Libya," said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "In line with the mandate of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, NATO's focus is on protecting civilians and civilian-populated areas against the threat of attack," Rasmussen said. US, British, French, Canadian, Danish and Belgian fighter jets have conducted air raids against Muammar Gaddafi's ground forces under a U...

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