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NATO forces on high alert against pro-Gaddafi forces

08-24-2011 14:22 BJT Special Report:Libyan Rebels Control Tripoli |

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NATO says Muammar Gaddafi and his government are already history. The military alliance stresses its current priority is to ensure the safety of the civilian population and prevent the counter-attack of pro-Gaddafi forces.

NATO spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie says pro-Gaddafi forces are severely degraded and losing strength through desertions and defections. NATO's "Unified Protector" operation will continue until all pro-Gaddafi forces surrender or return to their barracks.

The alliance's warplanes have hit at least 40 targets in and around Tripoli in the past two days. That's a record for a single location since the bombing started 5 months ago. NATO has also made it clear that the UN and the Contact Group will take a leading role in a post-Gaddafi Libya. NATO will only play a supporting role and won't send ground forces.

Colonel Roland Lavoie, NATO spokesman, said, "But I could tell you that we remain vigilant and we will take out and strike at targets if they pose a threat against the civilian population. This is what we have done since the beginning and what we will continue to do with full determination."


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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