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Libya War:No immediate NATO plan to exit Libya

Friday, October 7, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 7,2011

NATO’s defense ministers have failed to come up with a clear plan on how to end their combat mission in Libya.

At a 2-day meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels that ended on Thursday, the 28 member countries discussed possible exit strategies from Libya, where NATO has been carrying out military operations for more than 6 months.

The ministers agreed that the initial purpose of the operation — to protect civilians from the forces of ousted leader Muammar al-Qadhafi — is nearly complete.

They were, however, unable to agree on when and how the operation should end, as the forces loyal to Qadhafi are still putting up resistance more than one month after Qadhafi was ousted.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a news conference after the meeting that the operation will be complete when political and military conditions are met in Libya.

Civilian casualties are increasing in areas where the forces of the National Transitional Council and those loyal to Qadhafi are still engaged in fierce fighting.

The NATO military operation is dependant on air strikes.



Libya War:NATO defense ministers discuss Libya exit
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