NATO Expects More Allies' Planes in Libyan Mission

Published on Friday 15th April 2011

NATO expects coalition allies to supply more aircraft to increase the airstrikes on the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Ramussen said on Friday, after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, that the help will arrive "in the very near future."Britain and France have been asking allies for more strike aircraft to increase attacks on ground targets in Libya.Libyan state media reported on Friday NATO hits east of the capital, Tripoli, in government-controlled enclaves.  Western leaders in the NATO coalition vowed on Friday to continue its military campaign in Libya until Mr. Gadhafi leaves power.British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and U.S. President Barack Obama said leaving Mr. Gadhafi in power would be an "unconscionable betrayal" of the Libyan people. In a joint statement published Friday in several international newspapers, the leaders wrote it is "unthinkable that someone who has tried to massacre his own people can play a part in their future government."Mr. Gadhafi's daughter came to his defense Friday, rallying hundreds of supporters gathered outside a Gadhafi compound in Tripoli that was bombed by the United States in 1986.Aisha Gadhafi told the crowd that her father's resignation would be an "insult" to all Libyans.Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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