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France gives Libya rebels arms but Britain balks

France gives Libya rebels arms but Britain balks

France has acknowledged dropping arms to rebels in Libya, while NATO ally Britain is declining to follow suit over concerns about UN Security Council authorization. The French ambassador to the United Nations Gerard Araud said Wednesday that his country’s delivery […]


NATO allies must pool funds or face decline: Gates

NATO allies must pool funds or face decline: Gates

European members of NATO need to pool their defense funds to bolster their declining military power, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. The Libya air war has exposed serious shortcomings among NATO allies and European governments will have to agree […]


Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

NATO operations in Libya entered a 100th day on Monday with airstrikes having eased the siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and fears of an open war lingering. Three months after French jets flew […]


Cost of Libya Operations

Cost of Libya Operations

The Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, has informed Parliament that the additional cost of military operations in support of the UN resolution regarding Libya is in the region of £120m, excluding capital munitions costs. In a written […]


Allied Strike 2011 kicks off in Germany

Allied Strike 2011 kicks off in Germany

Allied Strike 2011, the largest joint terminal attack controller and close-air-support exercise in Europe, kicked off here this morning with an opening ceremony which included three airmen jumping out of a C-130J Super Hercules and a welcome address by the […]


US withdrawal risks NATO ‘stampede’ out of Afghanistan

US withdrawal risks NATO ‘stampede’ out of Afghanistan

The decision by US President Barack Obama to bring home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next year risks a rush to pull out among NATO allies after a grinding decade-old war, analysts say. With Europeans focused on containing a debt […]


NATO defends air war, Italy urges end to Libya conflict

NATO defends air war, Italy urges end to Libya conflict

NATO defended the credibility of its air war in Libya after a bomb misfired killing civilians, while Italy called Wednesday for an immediate halt to hostilities to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. On the diplomatic front, China said on […]


Latvia says could seek NATO support over Mistral threat

Latvia says could seek NATO support over Mistral threat

Latvia will ask NATO for support if Russia deploys French-built Mistral warships in the Baltic Sea because it would change the balance of forces in the region, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said on Wednesday. Russia and France signed last Friday […]


China: Libya opposition important dialogue partner

China: Libya opposition important dialogue partner

China said Wednesday it recognized Libya’s rebel opposition as an “important dialogue partner”, in a further sign of Beijing’s willingness to get more deeply engaged in the Libyan conflict. The praise for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) came in a […]


 
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