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Ignoring Canada?

April 18, 2011

Allies vow no halt to campaign until Gaddafi goes

Washington, which led the campaign in its first week, has since turned over command to NATO and taken a back seat role. Britain and France complain that other NATO allies have not provided enough fire power to take out Gaddafi’s armour and allow the rebels in control of the east to sweep him from power.

LIBYA-/Once again you have omitted Canada’s contribution to the Libyan conflict.

It is my understanding that at the present time we have 12 F-18 fighters, 2 air refeulers and 2 long range patrol Aurora aircraft, as well as a Navy Frigate participating in this conflict.

I have yet to see “Canada” mentioned in any or your reports. Can you explain why?

Darrel

Sorry, we don’t mention all seven countries in every story about the joint effort, but we do not ignore Canada. I find a number of recent references, including a couple here. GBU Editor

France eyes new military targets in Libya

Officials say seven of the 28 NATO countries — Britain, France, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and the United States — have been taking part in air strikes. Others are enforcing the no-fly zone without bombing or supporting it in other ways.

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

Of the 28 NATO states, only France, Britain, the United States, Belgium, Canada, Norway and Denmark have been conducting airstrikes. Others have contributed aircraft and ships to support operations, enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo.

Two CF-18 fighter pilots with Canadian Forces 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bagotville walk past a C-17 Globemaster III (CC-177) transport plane at the Birgi NATO Airbase in Trapani, Sicily, March 24, 2011.  Canada has deployed six CF-18 (CF-188) fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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