Do Governments Lie?: U.S. Still Bombing Libya on 4/13Submitted by SteveMT on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 16:40
U.S. Still flying Strike Missions in Libya
by Justin Fishel | April 13, 2011
The U.S. military has continued to drop ordinance on Muammar Qaddafi's air defense systems in Libya since the handover of operations to NATO on April 4th, Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Wednesday.
"We have fighter aircraft... that NATO can use for suppression of enemy air defense missions," Lapan said. He later described them as missions that "attack" those air defense systems.
This stands in contrast to messages heard in press briefings and testimony on Capitol Hill from defense leaders, who have given the impression that when the mission was handed over to NATO U.S. strike sorties stopped and were only available upon request.
On April 1, Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified to the House Armed Services committee that U.S. participation in the strike mission was coming to a close. "We will not be taking an active part in the strike activities, and we believe that our allies can sustain this for some period of time," Gates said.
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By Heather Regen - Georgetown University - March 26, 2011
On Thursday, NATO announced that it will take over the international operation in Libya, replacing the United States as head of military command. The shift in control proves critical for President Obama, as Congress has increasingly criticized his response to the crisis in Libya.
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BEN FELLER First Posted: 03/28/11 08:28 AM ET Updated: 03/29/11 06:50 PM
Obama announced that NATO would take command over the entire Libya operation on Wednesday, keeping his pledge to get the U.S. out of the lead - but offering no estimate on when the conflict might end.