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UK, France to deploy copters in Libya

2011-05-27 10:12

London - Britain is ready to deploy ground attack helicopters in the conflict in Libya along with France, which has already agreed to provide helicopters as the fight against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is intensified, London confirmed on Friday.

"Ministers have given clearance in principle for the deployment of attack helicopters in Libya. It is a matter now for military commanders to make decisions on deployment," a spokesperson for Downing Street said.

Confirmation of the deployment came after Prime Minister David Cameron gave his approval from the G8 summit in Deauville, where he discussed the matter with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

It is understood that Britain will supply at least four, but possibly up to eight, Apache helicopters for deployment in Libya. France has already confirmed that it will provide around a dozen Tiger helicopters.

There had been speculation about the move since Monday after France said it would be deploying French Tiger helicopters.

Earlier this week, Cameron said it was time to "turn up the heat" on Gaddafi. The governments in London and Paris insist that the use of attack helicopters is in line with the UN resolution on Libya and does not mark an escalation in the conflict.

Comments
  • Jacques Jones - 2011-05-27 10:24

    gaddafi is in for a serious @$$ kicking

      DeonL - 2011-05-27 10:39

      No wonder he wants a cease fire.

  • Justin - 2011-05-27 10:39

    Good, hope they finally get rid of this madman, funny how the African Union is up in arms about this, the thing is the AU is a toothless dog that needs to either stand up or shut up, they have not been able to do a single positive thing when it comes to stopping violence on the African continent, just look at Zim, Sudan, Congo, Egypt infact most of Africa where turmoil reigns - Zim issues have been going on for years without the AU lifting a finger in anger, they just suck on Mugabes toes like he is a hero of some kind, how i wish there was lots of oil in Zim then Mugabe would have also been chased like the dog he is......

      Jacques Jones - 2011-05-27 10:42

      @Justin in all honesty bob was a hero but like the saying goes 'power corrupts'.

      CJRhodes - 2011-05-27 11:40

      Hallucinate Justin, dream on. If you thought Bob was that much unpopular dream on my friend. By the way didn't you hear Tsvangirai supporting empowerment? 51% to indigenous Zimbabwean and the rest to foreigners, what a good policy

      Sean - 2011-05-27 13:05

      I agree with you 100%. The truth is that many of these AU leaders are buddies with Gaddafi and they are trying to protect him. The ANC recieved large donations from him so Zuma is just looking out for his buddy.

  • ChrisG - 2011-05-27 10:40

    And why is this happening? 1) Because another African dictator refused to listen to the will of the people. 2) Because other African leaders were unwilling to ctiticise their meal ticket. It's really sad what's happening there and it makes me furious that even our own leader is too much of a corrupt, money-hungry bigot to do anything about it. Will we ever have another leader with the same level of humanity and principles as Madiba?

      Crunchie - 2011-05-27 11:32

      Bull! It all goes about oil. If our own people(premier of Limpopo) calls Bob and Mamoer heros of the oppression by western forces, then it is obvious that Africa wants to be ruled the way these 2 gentlemen is doing it

      Ibo - 2011-05-27 12:05

      You asked why it’s happening. Here is the answer. A-Libya have very good, more and easy to exploit oil. B-Colonia & axis of evil are hungry. C-Axis of evil knows that next decades will be tough for them. D-The UN is casino and rubberstamp for the thugs of the world. E-Kaddafi never listens to the muggers of the world. F-Kaddafi talks act so much on uniting Africa which could be very big danger for Europe & America who have no any natural resource. G-Gaddafi toes the rubbish UN chatter on front of them & now he is paying. H-Kaddafi doesn’t save big money in western Banks like other Arab autocratic rulers. I-Weston presence in Libya will be good for them to control Africa & Middle East. J-Etc, etc and etc.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:35

      Crunchie, Libya produces just 2% of the world's oil. If it produced more, like Saudia Arabia, it would be more difficult to do this.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:35

      Ibo, you're talking rubbish

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-27 22:32

      Ibo : It started with the Libyan people. Explain that.

  • YES - 2011-05-27 10:43

    This will give us an opportunity to know how many choppers were grounded owing to "mechanical failure". I am sure the pair (i.e. Britain and France) feels they can do it better despite Nato's experience in Afghanistan. Hope America will not prevail over media to feed wrong information.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:37

      Rubbish

  • witboy - 2011-05-27 10:50

    they are giving zuma the finger

      Pupuzela - 2011-05-27 12:39

      They are giving the whole AU the finger.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-27 22:34

      That is too much credit to the AU.

  • JusticeMan - 2011-05-27 23:21

    And America what about Zimbabwe, why are you not interested in sending troops there??? Hmmm, oh same old reason: OIL OIL OIL. You think the world is so daft & stupid to carry on believing your lies!!

      slg - 2011-05-28 03:01

      The same garbage and simple thinking. Justice, you've been told again and again, Libya produces only 2% of the world's oil. It's even written on this page. You're fixated on the wrong thing,

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