NATO to take control of Libya air operations
NATO has agreed to assume command of all aerial operations in Libya from the US-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The alliance's top body approved a plan to expand the previously agreed mission to enforce the UN arms embargo and no-fly zone by agreeing to protect civilians from attack.
After eight days of strikes on Libyan targets, Washington is eager to quickly hand over responsibility for the air offensive to the alliance. A diplomat said the transfer of authority from the US-led force may take several days.
He said the rules of engagement for the NATO force would be very similar to those of the international air armada. The strikes have already tipped the balance away from Gaddafi.