NATO has the ability to fulfil its Libyan mission: US

There have been reports that NATO is running out of ammunitions to fight the war in Libya.

Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 10:45 AM IST

Washington: Amidst reports that NATO is
running out of ammunitions to fight the war in Libya, the US has expressed its full confidence in the organisation and its European allies to achieve its objectives in Libya.

"We believe that NATO has the capability and the
capacity to fulfil the mission it has taken to lead, command
and control in enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973,"
the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at
his news conference yesterday.

He said that the Obama administration has no plans to
change supportive role in Libya right now.

"Our role is as the (US) President promised it would
be, which is to support and assist, and it remains an
important role but not a lead role.

"We provide capacities for jamming, for tanker
refuelling, for intelligence gathering and the like, and we
continue to work with our NATO partners to find if there are
other ways that we can assist," he said.

Demonstrating the capacity of NATO to fulfill its
mission, Carney said that in the last 24 hours there has been
a dramatic increase in the number of sorties flown by NATO
planes as the weather has cleared.

The Pentagon yesterday said US continues to fly
approximately seven to nine sorties per day. Over the weekend,
there were three strikes by F-16CJs in support of this
mission.

PTI