Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Libya: British attack helicopters to be deployed

British attack helicopters will be deployed in Libya within days in a significant expansion of the military mission against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

After more than four weeks of air strikes by Nato, Col Gaddafi's regime survives and the rebels trying to oust him have made little significant progress towards Tripoli

By Damien McElroy, James Kirkup and Thomas Harding 6:47PM BST 23 May 2011

The Daily Telegraph has learned that Apache helicopters will fly into Libya from a Royal Navy warship, in a joint operation with the French. As many as 18 British and French helicopters will be deployed to support rebels trying to consolidate gains against Gaddafi’s forces. The helicopter operation – expected to be supported by Special Forces troops – will take the allies closer still to a full ground operation in Libya. Whitehall officials said that later this week, the Apaches will begin flying missions in from HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier in the Mediterranean. Their use was authorised by David Cameron at a meeting of the National Security Council after the Prime Minister asked military chiefs for new ways to increase the pressure on the Libyan regime. Article posted here

Editor: The Libyan War is now landing in the lap of the former colonial powers of Africa, Britain and France, as the "rebels" prove themselves to be quite ineffective on the ground. Yet another endless war has begun. It will become part of the mosaic of an overall geopolitical struggle for power and territory taking place under the noses of a misinformed and indifferent public in western nations.

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