Friday, April 15, 2011

NATO says confident of more planes for Libya soon

NATO says confident of more planes for Libya soon - Yahoo! News

BERLIN – NATO failed for a second day to find new ground-attack aircraft for the fight against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya but Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told The Associated Press on Friday he expects the additional planes soon.

NATO's top military commander, U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, has said there is a growing need for precision attack aircraft to avoid civilian casualties as Gadhafi's forces camouflage themselves and hide in populated areas to avoid Western airstrikes.

American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details, said the commander is looking for about eight to 10 additional planes.

In an interview with the AP following a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers, Fogh Rasmussen refused to confirm that number but said he was confident that military commanders would get the additional resources soon.

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