Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NATO agrees to extend its mission three months in Libya

NATO countries have agreed on Wednesday to extend for 90 days until the end of September, its mission in Libya, as announced by the secretary general of the organization, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "This decision sends a clear message to the regime of Gaddafi: 'We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya.

We will maintain our efforts to fulfill the mandate of United Nations'" said NATO in a statement. NATO assumed control of international operations in Libya on 31 March and adopted a plan of operations for 90 days, which expired in late June. With the decision on Wednesday, the NATO action may continue in the North African country for three months.

Such steps require the unanimous support of the 28 member states in March of endless meetings needed to agree on military device activation. "Our decision also sends a clear message to the people of Libya, 'NATO partners, the entire international community is with you. We are united to ensure that you can shape your own future.

And that day is approaching," he added Rasmussen. The Alliance said last Tuesday to see clear signs of divisions within the regime of Muammar Gaddafi after the recent defections of senior army officials. In recent weeks, NATO has intensified its attacks, especially on the capital in order to weaken the regime's military.

Since it began operations in Libya, NATO aircraft have carried out about 9,000 outlets, of which over 3,000 have been attack. Along with its air raid, NATO sea controlled by the implementation of arms embargo on Libya by the UN. The allied forces have destroyed at least eleven military objectives of the Libyan regime in the last 24 hours in 48 missions planned attack, including a military vehicle depot and three launchers, surface to air missiles near the capital, Tripoli, according NATO reported in a statement.

In the last 24 hours, allied forces have also destroyed a tank and armored-coupled three rifles near Misrata, the only city in the west of the country under rebel control is under attack "occasionally" by the regime's forces but "from furthest positions "of the city, confirmed on Tuesday the military spokesman of the operation, the British commander Mike Bracken.

NATO has also reported the destruction of an ammunition depot near the town of Mizdah, another store and a gun on an armored coupling in Hungary, a tank maintenance base near Az Zawiyah and another gun coupling and a rocket in the vicinity of Brega in recent shelling.

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