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International forces in operations in Libya


Several Western countries as well as some Gulf states have said they will lend their military support for the operation to impose and maintain a no-fly zone over Libya. Here is a list of who is providing what:

The UK has Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets stationed at the Gioia de Colle airbase in southern Italy. These have carried out bombing missions in Libya using Storm Shadow cruise missiles. Nimrod and Sentinel reconnaissance planes have also been deployed for surveillance. Warships HMS Cumberland and HMS Westminster are also in the Mediterranean for support.

Dassault Rafale fighter jets were the first to be used in allied operations in Libya. Around 20 planes, also including Mirage 2000, have been involved in bombing missions to neutralise Libyan air capacity. The Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was expected to join operations on Tuesday.

As well as making its air bases available for allied planes, Italy has provided eight aircraft, including F-16s and Tornado jets. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said they will not shoot at targets.

Madrid has provided four F-18 fighter jets that were used in operations on Monday.

Belgium has provided six F-16 fighter jets.

Has supplied six F-16s.

Six Norwegian F-16 fighter jets landed at a NATO base on the Greek island of Crete on Monday, ready for deployment.

Athens has allowed the allies the use of three NATO bases. One is in Crete, the other two in the western of the country. Greece has said it will not take an active part in operations.

The Netherlands:
The Dutch foreign minister said on Monday that the Netherlands will not get involved in military operations against Libya until formally requested to do so by NATO.

Canada has supplied six CF-18 fighter jets and two 2CC-150 Polaris transport/refuelling aircraft to the allies’ cause. Four CF-18s took part in a military sortie on Monday, without opening fire. The planes are based in Trapani, Italy.

US hardware being used in Libya is thought to include several attack submarines and destroyers (USS Providence, USS Scranton, USS Florida, USS Stout and USS Barry) These carry cruise and Tomahawk missiles that have been fired at Libyan targets. The command ship USS Mount Whitney is also in the Mediterranean to oversee the joint operation. Reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 also deployed as well as E-3 Sentry (AWACS) warning and control aircraft. The US has 42 F-16s at a base in Aviano, Italy. B-2 stealth bombers also used in strikes at the weekend.’

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