NATO Takes Command in Libya

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BY MALLORY PERRYMAN ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy ...
BY MALLORY PERRYMAN ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy NATO has officially taken command of all international military operations in Libya. CNN explains- the coalition’s objectives go beyond enforcing a no-fly zone. “Operation Unified Protector is broken into three main objectives. The military alliance is in charge of enforcing an arms embargo and the no-fly zone. It’s also empowered to protect civilians and civilian centers.” The shift in power didn’t come without a struggle- according to Financial Times. “The NATO takeover...came after weeks of sniping within the alliance, where French resistance to the move was finally overcome...after it became apparent that other allies...would not participate without NATO in control.” According to euronews, those nations that were previously unwilling to get involved, may now be ready to step in. “Not all NATO members will do the same thing. Germany is adamant it will not act militarily... Turkey had threatened to use its NATO veto to limit allied operations against Libya’s infrastructure to avoid casualties among Muslim civilians. But Ankara’s concerns were taken into account, and a senior official in the US administration said NATO taking charge will encourage participation from countries which had been reluctant to join in before” But not everybody is on board with NATO’s leadership. RT reports- Moscow’s envoy says it’s not up to NATO to decide the future of Libya. It’s up to the UN Security Council. “During our meeting with NATO officials today, we demanded that the UN Security Council be fully informed about the actions of the alliance in Libya at all times. The coalition has taken sides. It's only targeting Gaddafi's forces, including those that aren't in direct action against the rebels. We have reports of air strikes against convoys far from the front line. This is a far cry from the UN Security Council resolution.” The Guardian counters- it actually looks like attacks behind the front line will die down under NATO command. “All the signs are that the new rules of engagement will be more restrictive, and not allow NATO pilots to target pro-Gaddafi forces if they do not represent an immediate threat to civilians.” But even though we know the objectives of the NATO mission- China’s Xinhua News reports- other details are still unclear. “The (NATO commander) said that he hoped the NATO mission, a 90-day military plan, could last shorter, however, the operation would not end until the Libya civilians are no longer attacked. NATO officials declined to identify which NATO countries and partners were willing to participate.” NATO says it is not willing to arm the Libyan rebels- an idea Western allies are still considering. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy