NATO decided late Thursday to take in excess of part of the military operations in opposition to Libya — enforcement of the no-fly zone — after days of hard bargain in the middle of its members. Except the toughest and most contentious piece of the operation attacks on the ground will go on to be led by the U.S., which has been nervous to give up the lead role.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who proclaimed the conformity in Brussels, said the association could sooner or later take more accountability, "but that decision has not been reached yet." It come into view that some NATO members balked at any contribution in attacks on ground targets, great the alliance's sole Muslim member, Turkey, has resist.
In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honor NATO for taking over the no-fly zone, even though the U.S. had hoped the agreement would take full control of the military maneuver sanctioned by the United Nations, together with the protection of Libyan civilians and underneath civilized aid efforts on the ground.