Allied aircraft have destroyed Libya’s air force and are flying with impunity, a senior British commander has said.
That assessment came as Western warplanes continued their mission to enforce a no fly zone over the country.READ – Libya: a timeline of international diplomacy – International forces in operations in Libya
There have also been no civilian casualties, a senior US navy official said.
But, while the military side of things appears to be going according to plan the failure to find a country willing to lead the operation is causing concern. In response.
French Foreign minister Alain Juppe said: ‘‘I have taken the initiative along with my British colleague to bring together a contact group in London next Tuesday. This includes all the countries in the coalition, as well as the African Union, the Arab League, and all the European countries involved, to make it clear that the political leadership of the operation is not NATO, but this contact group.’‘
Many of the US air strikes continue to be launched from the Mediterranean.
However, Washington remains determined not to take a leading role calling on others to assume operational command.