Air cover over Libya would require attack: Robert Gates

Last Updated: Thursday, March 3, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 11:22

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