Air cover over Libya would require attack: Robert Gates
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 11:22
Washington: Defense Secretary Robert Gates is sharpening his words of caution about providing air cover for Libyan rebels, telling a US congressional committee that establishing a no-fly zone would have to begin with an attack on Libyan territory.

Such an attack would be designed to destroy the North African country's air defense weapons.

Gates also told the panel that he is concerned by what he termed "loose talk" about military options in Libya. After stating that a no-fly zone would entail bombing Libya, Gates noted that the overall military effort would require more airplanes than are available from a single American aircraft carrier.

The Pentagon chief began his remarks today by saying that if President Barack Obama decides to order air cover for Libyans opposing leader Moammar Gahadfi, the Pentagon can do it.


First Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 11:22

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