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NATO fights on though Libya coalition shrinks (And then there were 7)
Agence France-Presse via Inquirer News ^ | 11:21 am | Saturday, July 30th, 2011 | Laurent Thomet

Posted on 07/30/2011 3:52:03 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

BRUSSELS — NATO allies are in a hurry to bring the air war in Libya to a victorious end but are having to carry on with a shrinking alliance after Norway withdrew its jets and Italy pulled an aircraft carrier.

Norway’s departure this weekend leaves the 28-nation military club with combat planes from seven nations instead of eight to finish a job begun four months ago that some hoped would last just weeks.

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Britain has effectively stepped in to fill the gap left by Norway by contributing an extra four Tornado planes and will carry on the mission along with France, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Italy and the United States.

But British officers have warned that their armed forces risked being overstretched with global commitments in Afghanistan as well as Libya.

Italy, Libya’s former colonial ruler, is scaling back its involvement, withdrawing the aircraft carrier Garibaldi this month while the Senate voted Wednesday to drastically reduce the mission’s budget and number of troops.

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The United States is floating the idea of asking NATO ambassadors to consider an open-ended mandate this time, sources familiar with the discussions told AFP.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: libya; nato; norway; oup
Norway is leaving, Italy is cutting back, France is balking, Britain in weakening. Obama's grand coalition is in ruins and his mission is a failure. Now he wants an "open-ended mandate" to continue this little adventure forever.
1 posted on 07/30/2011 3:52:07 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
Obummer is an idiot, I thought his pal boner only gave him until September, but then he can get boner to change his mind by letting him polish more shoes.
2 posted on 07/30/2011 4:12:38 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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