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Jun 24, 2011

Europe “doing the work” in Libya – Sarkozy

BRUSSELS/TRIPOLI, June 24 (Reuters) – French President
Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday rebuffed criticism of Europe’s role in
the Libyan war by outgoing U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates,
saying Washington’s allies were “doing the work”.

The spat is the latest sign of tensions among NATO allies in
their campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, with Britain, France and
others rejecting an Italian call earlier this week for a
suspension of hostilities to allow humanitarian aid access.

Jun 24, 2011

NATO chief says alliance will finish job in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO’s chief on Thursday dismissed a call from Italy for a suspension of hostilities in Libya and tried to reassure wavering members of the Western coalition that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi can be beaten.

Italy’s ceasefire call exposed the strain on the NATO alliance, nearly 14 weeks into a bombing campaign that has so far failed to dislodge Gaddafi but is causing mounting concerns about its financial cost and about civilian casualties.

Jun 23, 2011

NATO chief tries to repair cracks over Libya

TRIPOLI, June 23 (Reuters) – NATO’s chief on Thursday
slapped down a call from Italy for a suspension of hostilities
in Libya and tried to reassure wavering members of the Western
coalition that Muammar Gaddafi can be beaten.

Italy’s ceasefire call exposed the strain on the NATO
alliance, nearly 14 weeks into a bombing campaign that has so
far failed to dislodge Gaddafi but is causing mounting concerns
about its cost and about civilian casualties.

Jun 20, 2011

Libya civilian deaths sap NATO credibility – Italy

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The NATO military alliance has endangered its credibility with a bomb that destroyed a house in the Libyan capital, killing several residents, Italy’s foreign minister said on Monday.

It was the first time NATO had acknowledged causing multiple civilian casualties in Libya and came as the alliance feels the strain of a campaign taking more time and resources than expected.

Jun 20, 2011

NATO admits Libya air strike led to civilian deaths

TRIPOLI, June 20 (Reuters) – NATO has admitted it destroyed
a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians
were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the
alliance about its mission in Libya.

The air strike was the clearest case yet of NATO bombing
causing multiple civilian casualties, and comes at a time when
NATO is already under strain from a campaign that is taking more
time and resources than it expected.

Jun 20, 2011

NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO admitted on Sunday that its weapons destroyed a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

The strike on the house was the clearest case yet of NATO bombing causing multiple civilian casualties, and comes at a time when NATO is already under strain from a campaign that is taking more time and resources than its backers had expected.

Jun 20, 2011

Libya says NATO strike kills nine civilians

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Sunday a NATO strike had hit a civilian house in the capital Tripoli, killing nine residents. NATO said it was investigating the claim, which could sow new doubts about its mission.

On another front in the four-month-old battle to force out Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a doctor near Misrata said eight rebel fighters were killed in fighting with government troops, and rockets landed near the city’s port.

Jun 19, 2011

Blast leaves Tripoli street fearing NATO strikes

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The fear in this Tripoli neighborhood became evident when the rear tire of a boy’s bicycle burst suddenly with a loud bang opposite a building which Libyan officials say was hit by a NATO air strike.

Some residents sprinted off at the sound, followed by a few nervous laughs as people discerned its true cause.

Jun 19, 2011

Libyan officials says NATO hits civilian house

TRIPOLI, June 19 (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Sunday
a NATO strike had hit a civilian house in the capital and killed
several residents, an allegation which, if confirmed, could sow
fresh doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

Reporters were taken to a residential area and saw a body
pulled out of the rubble of a destroyed building.

Jun 19, 2011

Libya gov’t says NATO Tripoli strike kills civilians

TRIPOLI, June 19 (Reuters) – Libyan officials said some
seven civilians were killed in a NATO air strike in eastern
Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Reporters were taken by Libyan government officials to a
residential area in the Arada neighbourhood of Tripoli and saw a
body pulled out of the rubble of a destroyed building.

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