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NATO nears deal on taking over Libya operations

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NATO nears deal on taking over Libya operations


After days of tough talking, a deal now looks closer than ever and NATO could assume command of allied military operations in Libya within days.

Member state Turkey had warned it did not want to take responsibility for offensive operations that could harm civilians in a fellow Muslim nation. Now it says a compromise has been found.

Through its defence minister, Gérard Longuet, France earlier maintained the coalition had broad military leeway under its UN mandate.

This, as Britain sounded a cautious note.

“The targeting is about saving civilian life and putting in place a no-fly zone,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron. “And I think it is very important we don’t go beyond that in any way.”

US President Obama has insisted Washington wants to hand over responsibility for the Libya campaign to NATO within days rather than weeks.

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