NATO not ready to intervene, diplomat says

A Danish F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter flies over the Sigonella NATO Airbase in Sicily, March 19, 2011.

From DPA:  NATO was not ready to intervene in Libya, a diplomat in Brussels said Saturday, even though other nations had started military action against the North African nation.

‘NATO has not yet decided to act,’ the diplomat said.

Diplomats from the alliance’s 28 member nations were meeting Saturday to prepare a comprehensive plan of military action against the regime of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, even though NATO’s mandate does not yet got that far, another diplomat said. …

There is no authorization as yet for airstrikes against Gaddafi’s ground forces.

According to diplomats, NATO would first attempt to destroy Gaddafi’s radar and air defences.

A second goal may be to stop from the air the advance eastwards of Gaddafi’s ground forces.  (photo: Reuters)

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