Italy is one a growing number of countries willing to take part in UN, EU and Nato backed military action against Libya. Its air bases, such as the one at Sigonella in Sicily, are likely to play a key role in implementing the resolution.
On Thursday the UN voted to authorise a no-fly zone over Libya and to use “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
Italy, which has close ties with its former colony , has already suspended a 2008 “friendship treaty” prohibiting its bases being used for military action against Libya.
France, the country that led the calls for action, has confirmed that it will take an active part in military operations.
Denmark and Norway have now joined the list which also includes the UK and the USA.
A number of Arab countries are also expected to play a role.