NATO set to decide when to end mission in Libya

NATO’s governing body will meet today to decide when and how to end the seven-month bombing campaign over Libya.

Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thusday, Oct. 20, 2011. AP Photo.

Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thusday, Oct. 20, 2011. AP Photo.

After Libya’s former rebels killed Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday, officials said they expected the operation to end very soon. But the alliance may decide to keep air patrols flying over the Libya for several more days until security stabilizes.

The final decision will depend on the recommendation of Adm. Jim Stavridis, the supreme allied commander.

NATO’s Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday that after the latest developments, the end of the campaign “has now moved much closer.” NATO warplanes have flown about 26,000 sorties, including over 9,600 strike missions. They destroyed Libya’s air defenses and over 1,000 tanks, vehicles, and guns.

Friday, October 21, 2011
BRUSSELS – The Associated Press