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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

NATO chief to push defense ministers for more participation in intensified Libya air strikes

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen



BRUSSELS – With NATO war planes pounding Tripoli in daylight raids, the alliance’s secretary-general was pressuring allies Wednesday to step up their participation in what appears to have become an escalating mission to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

British and French attack helicopters struck for the first time inside Libya over the weekend, significantly ramping up NATO’s operations. Ten explosions shook the capital early Wednesday, a day after the alliance’s most intense wave of air strikes of the two-month campaign.

The intensified air strikes raise the question of whether NATO is sticking rigidly to its U.N. mandate to protect civilians from attack by Gadhafi’s forces.


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