US: NATO mission to continue in Libya

US: NATO mission to continue in Libya
# 05 October 2011 04:17 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The US says the NATO alliance’s offensives against Libya will continue until fighting stops between the Libyan revolutionaries and the loyalists to fugitive former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, APA reports quoting Press TV.

On Tuesday, the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, "As long as there is fighting that continues in Libya, I suspect that the NATO mission will continue," the Associated Press reported.

The Pentagon chief said he would provide better information on the duration of the mission after meeting with his counterparts in the US-led military alliance in Brussels later this week.

NATO’s fighter jets have carried out at least 25,000 sorties over Libya, more than 9,000 of which amounted to airstrikes.

The alliance has been launching the offensives since taking command of the aerial attacks against the country in late March on the back of a UN resolution.

The warplanes are, meanwhile, continuing to bomb Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte in the north, where the revolutionary forces have been trying to take control for around three weeks.
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