Who is in control and what are the final objectives?
Key questions are still up in the air as the international coalition pursues its United Nations- mandated mission in Libya.
Paris, which spearheaded the intervention, insists allies have broad military leeway under the UN resolution, in conducting military operations to protect civilians. That is an answer, perhaps, to France’s NATO ally Turkey, which insists the air campaign has already gone beyond the UN remit.
Britain has been sounding a cautious note.
“The targeting is about saving civilian life and putting in place a no-fly zone. And I think it is very important we don’t go beyond that in any way,” said the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has called for NATO to take over control of Libyan operations as soon as possible. But no such agreement has been reached by representatives of the 28-nation alliance after days of discussions.
Turkey says it doesn’t want NATO to take responsibility for an operation that brings with it risks of unintentionally killing civilians.
Questions over military mission in Libya