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Sweden plans to join Libya no-fly zone with fighter jets, but no ground attacks
The Associated Press ^ | 03/29/2011

Posted on 03/29/2011 6:14:19 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Sweden plans to join Libya no-fly zone with fighter jets, but no ground attacks

By The Associated Press – 1 hour ago

STOCKHOLM — Sweden plans to send up to eight fighter jets to help enforce the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone over Libya after receiving a request for assistance from NATO, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Fredrik Reinfeldt, who leads Sweden's centre-right coalition government, said the JAS 39 Gripen planes cannot be used for attacking ground targets.

The Swedish offer also includes a transport plane and 130 personnel and will be made available for three months, Reinfeldt told lawmakers. The proposal needs approval from Parliament.

Veronika Wand-Danielsson, Sweden's ambassador to NATO, told AP that alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen made an informal request last week to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt about contributing

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; gripen; libya; sweden; swedishtroops

1 posted on 03/29/2011 6:14:26 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I predict there will be no Swedish aces from this military adventure.


2 posted on 03/29/2011 6:15:59 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Hey Sweden;

Thanks for the fighter support and all; but what do you suppose the pilot is supposed to do if the enemy shoots back and his plane crashes? Does he have enough cash on him to get a taxi?

Or, are WE expected to send OUR troops in and get him back out?


3 posted on 03/29/2011 6:16:34 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Good. Now we can quit this useless war.


4 posted on 03/29/2011 6:19:19 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

F-16s?


5 posted on 03/29/2011 6:19:47 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Hodar

You would think they might want to practice against ground targets, someday Swedish freedom fighters might want support to retake Malmo


6 posted on 03/29/2011 6:21:46 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: All
Why is Sweden involved?

Having said that why is the U.S. involved?

7 posted on 03/29/2011 6:22:35 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: silverleaf

I think they just want to get out and hotrod those great jets! If they can impress, maybe they can sell some to raise money to pay all those welfare benefits for all those new muslims in their country.


8 posted on 03/29/2011 6:22:40 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
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9 posted on 03/29/2011 6:23:04 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I didn’t even know they had fighter jets.


10 posted on 03/29/2011 6:23:04 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: RexBeach
F-16s?

I think the Swedes fly SAABs. No, really.

11 posted on 03/29/2011 6:25:19 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

Yeah, I think you’re correct! Those are the 3-cylinder ones, right?


12 posted on 03/29/2011 6:27:08 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Migraine
It's been my understanding that the Gripen is a respectable aircraft.

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13 posted on 03/29/2011 6:32:52 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Migraine

I agree with your earlier post though - Gadaffi’s not going to be donating any more aircraft to the coalition no-fly zone, and since Sweden’s not doing any A2G work, those jets are just “on display” and “on sale.”


14 posted on 03/29/2011 6:36:05 AM PDT by Sax
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Showcase.


15 posted on 03/29/2011 6:41:50 AM PDT by allmost
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Next they will send in ground troops without live ammo, LOL ....... wait, don’t we do that?


16 posted on 03/29/2011 6:43:49 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: faucetman

Then there’s the one about the swede who brought his binoculars to a funeral where they were going to bury a distant relative of his...


17 posted on 03/29/2011 6:50:16 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Meaning no disrespect to Sweden, but why in the f*&k did NATO send Sweden a request for Swedish participation?

To ask the question is to answer it--look at Qatar!

What did Obama promise the Swedes? Or is this possibly part of the Swedish PM's long-range agenda?

I want to know why the British and French don't do most of the fighting for their oil supplies.

18 posted on 03/29/2011 6:51:54 AM PDT by Lysandru
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To: RexBeach

SAAB JAS39 Gripens.


19 posted on 03/29/2011 6:54:26 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

They’re looking out for Qaddafi’s top secret weapon, the flying tanks.


20 posted on 03/29/2011 6:54:50 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: Hodar
Thanks for the fighter support and all; but what do you suppose the pilot is supposed to do if the enemy shoots back and his plane crashes? Does he have enough cash on him to get a taxi?

He will pull a Blanche DuBois, and depend on the kindness of strangers. After all, he's Swedish, why would anybody want to hurt him/her?
21 posted on 03/29/2011 6:55:18 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: tsmith130

They have designed, built, and flown their own fighters for quite some time.


22 posted on 03/29/2011 6:56:25 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: faucetman

Sweden is a lot like Switzerland, they maintained a very credible armed neutrality during the Twentieth Century. Both the Germans and Russians avoided conflict with them.


23 posted on 03/29/2011 7:02:11 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Sulzberger Family Motto: Trois generations d'imbeciles, assez)
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To: silverleaf
I predict there will be no Swedish aces from this military adventure.

Has Sweden ever had an ace? I mean, ever?
24 posted on 03/29/2011 7:04:10 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

There, now we finally have air superiority!

/s


25 posted on 03/29/2011 7:05:38 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: tsmith130

Where do you think the Saab fighters come from?


26 posted on 03/29/2011 7:18:20 AM PDT by wizzardude
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To: tobyhill

When did Qaddafi get A-10s? ;-)


27 posted on 03/29/2011 7:46:24 AM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: silverleaf

Wonder just how many aircraft Daffy has left?


28 posted on 03/29/2011 4:08:19 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Lysandru

Sweden wants to show off the Grippen to India.


29 posted on 03/31/2011 11:53:00 PM PDT by rmlew (No Blood for Sarkozy's re-election and Union for the Mediterranean)
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