Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NATO bombing of Libya to go on unabated

The commander of NATO's Libya operation says the alliance is determined to keep up the pace of its bombing campaign, which is entering its fourth month.

Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard said on Tuesday that any scaling down of the daily airstrikes was "not appropriate."

NATO's campaign was intended to deliver a sharp, devastating blow against Moammar Gadhafi's forces and enable the opposition to quickly oust his regime. But with the campaign dragging on inconclusively, there have been increasing international calls for a negotiated end to the conflict.

The NATO operation was originally authorized for a 90-day period, which expires on Tuesday. The alliance's governing body has extended it for three more months. (Source)