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NATO Extends Libya Mission For 90 Days


Damage that the LIbyan government said was caused by a NATO-led air strike to the house of Saif al-Arab Qaddafi, son Muammar Qaddafi, in Tripoli

Damage that the LIbyan government said was caused by a NATO-led air strike to the house of Saif al-Arab Qaddafi, son Muammar Qaddafi, in Tripoli

NATO has formally extended its Libyan mission launched in March for another 90 days.

The 28-member alliance is conducting a UN-mandated mission to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians from strikes by Muammar Qaddafi's forces.

NATO took over control of the mission from a coalition led by France, Britain, and the United States on March 31.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in a statement, said the decision to extend the mission by 90 days shows the alliance is determined to "see it through."

The conflict between Qaddafi's loyalists and rebels fighting his rule is at a stalemate despite stepped up NATO air strikes against his forces and headquarters.

compiled from Reuters reports
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