Wednesday, April 06, 2011
NATO Makes Smooth Transition in Libya Operations
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
The NATO mission has the equipment and capabilities needed to protect the Libyan people, maintain the no-fly zone over
and enforce the munitions blockade of the country, Harding said. Libya
NATO officials said the attacks have degraded Gadhafi’s forces by 30 percent. However, Gadhafi’s forces now are trying to blend with road traffic and use civilians as shields. NATO forces are now adjusting to this change.
“These strikes achieved their main effect, reducing the capacity of government forces to threaten the lives or besiege the cities of the Libyan people,” Harding said.
The NATO effort fields more than 100 fighter and support aircraft in action as well as a dozen naval vessels from several nations, the admiral said.
“We have achieved a seamless transition … and are resolved to demonstrate the same commitment and effectiveness,” Harding said. “NATO is operating under a very clear international legal mandate and with broad regional support. It will take action against any party that threatens aggression or violence or acts in contravention” of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.