Norway to fly last Libya mission

2011-07-29 15:08

Brussels - Norway will fly its last combat mission in Libya on Saturday, two days before the official end of its role in the Nato-led air war, an alliance official told AFP.

Norway, one of eight Nato members that have conducted air strikes in the four-month-old operation, was the first to set an end-date for its participation when it decided last month to withdraw on August 01.

"The last day Norwegian aircraft will fly on July 30," the Nato official said.

"We appreciate and respect the decisions of all contributing nations to provide what they can to the mission," the official said. "Norway has done a great deal but, at the end of the day, the mission continues."

Norway originally deployed six F-16 fighters to the mission before reducing it to four last month. The government explained that its small air force could not sustain a large air contribution for a long period of time.

Only eight of Nato's 28 member states have flown bombing missions since the alliance took command of the operation on March 31: Norway, Britain, France, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Italy and the United States.

London has increased its contribution by adding four Tornado jets, effectively making up for the loss of the Norwegian planes.

Nato officials say Norway's departure will not affect the tempo of air operations, which have averaged more than 100 sorties per day including around 50 missions aimed at hitting targets.

The Scandinavian country, beset by a bombing and shooting spree committed by a confessed far-right extremist, will continue its involvement in the operation with 10 officers posted at the Libya air command centre based in Italy.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 16:10

    Flying the last mission to do what, kill more Libyans. It appears that the norwagians haven't learnt anything from the terror that was visited upon them.

      slg - 2011-07-29 16:52

      Like all Nato missions, they're targeting Libya's military that is illegally being used by Moamar Gadhafi and his sons to try and hold onto power. Gadhafi and sons are intentionally targeting civilians, as well as anyone wanting nothing more than the basic human right to elect their leaders and live free from oppression. As with all Nato missions, they go to great lengths to avoid harm to civilians.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-29 17:26

      slg You sound like Nato head quarter. In case you are at Nato head quarter ok, this is your job. In case you are not paid for this silly parroting all the time, even the same wording, one should feel rather sorry for you. Especially the Norwegians were hit so hard by a (one?) terrorist. It cost some precious Norwegian lives and was called an act of terror. At the same time Norway is bombing Libya, with Nato killing precious Libyan people. Only this time it is called humanitarian aid.

      Anton - 2011-07-29 17:39

      Bernhard, This is exactly what I mean, If you can't see the difference between what happened in Oslo, and that what is happening in Libya, you have lost all sense of reality, and are blinded with support for a murderes tyrant. But if this is what makes you pro gaddafi fans happy , well so it be. But than getting cross with the ones, who believe in the absurdity of your comments, is even more crazy!!!!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 18:17

      Another explanation is hired (and paid for) "opinion". The US military and related agencies are known to organize sock puppetry in social networks, blogs and forums like this in an effort to fake the popularity of their otherwise unjustifiable and highly unpopular actions. This has been going on for quite a while and it has been obvious even for casual observers that the flood of poorly argued robotic distractions, falsehoods, irrelevances and provocations might have a common source.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-29 18:40

      Anton. "...lost all sense of reality..." Quite to the contrary, Anton. I can see reality, allowing myself to see it, seen it for a long time. So for the difference Norway and Libya? Norway - people got killed -terrible loss, as I said before. "We" call this terror, insanity, outrageous act of man. Libya - people get killed - terrible loss, as I said before. "We", in the case of Nato killings, call this humanitarian aid, relief, utmost struggle to deliver human rights. Can you see the difference? P.S.: It must be fun to have this discussion personally, face to face, as sometimes you develop a kind of humour that I like;-)

      Anton - 2011-07-29 19:25

      Bernhard, Yes, I can see the difference. And so do most people !!! When after a few weeks this uprising started, gaddafi had a news conference. The world that watched this bizarre event , was first amused, with the total lunacy of this ,leader, behavior. But this was short lived, as soon this thug started threatening his own people. "The blood of the Rebels will flow in the streets of Libya" "We will go door to door and flush out these rats" Have you EVER heard of a leader laying landmines for his OWN people. No, you have not, and I am sure, YOU will be able to justify this. But for MOST of this world, this kind of behavior is unacceptable. The Rebels ( the oposition ) looked at Africa for help, and Africa looked the other way. Thank God, there was NATO, for otherwise, what has happened now, would have been child's play , for what Libya would have gone through. So you , and your radical buddies, can give me 500 thumbs down You will never change my mind , that you are supporting , not only a MADMAN, but one of the worst TYRANTS, africa has ever kmown

      slg - 2011-07-29 23:29

      Kunta, you've given away that you're a paid hand. You're describing yourself to a T. This is a South African website. Don't you get it. We've been through Apartheid. We know about oppression. We know that when there are no elections in a country for 40 years, that's oppressive. You might be able to sell your lies where societies have not been through what we've been through, you're unlikely to succeed here. This is South Africa. We are South Africans.

      slg - 2011-07-30 18:33

      Berhnard, you're on record, on this South African website whose citizens went through Apartheid and fought for the right to vote, that you oppose the idea of free and fair elections every four or five years. Please now tell us which countries other than Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela believe Gadhafi is not the illegitimate leader of Libya?

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 18:21

    slg - July 29, 2011 at 07:52 "As with all Nato missions, they go to great lengths to avoid harm to civilians". xxxxxx I've heard Nato secretaries utter these exact same words, word by word. You are really a hired and paid for opinion.

      Anton - 2011-07-29 18:35

      Kunta-Kinte, The problem is that you are not only a supporter of a criminal thug, but you have extreme radical thoughts Unfortunately there is no political party in SA, that you can share your extreme thoughts with. Azapo, would possibly have come closest, but they have since the last elections, become obsolete. AFRICA HAS NO APPETITE FOR EXTREMISM, NONE WHAT SO EVER !!!!! So what is left for you and your radical buddies ? You find some internet site, to bombard everyone with total useless info. That would still be ok. But you get very very angry, if someone thinks different than yourself. That is unacceptable to you. If you could, you would ban anyone from this site who dissagrees with you You are a GREAT supporter OF TYRRANY AND THUGS !!!!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 19:07

      You sound like a loser out of steam!

  • iamshukri - 2011-07-29 18:54

    I tell you the truth that the revolution in Libya has failed and people chosen to switch sides and stayed with Qaddaffi so no point of continuing the fight against Qaddaffi while Libyans now want him in power...

      slg - 2011-07-29 19:00

      It would be a sad day if that were true. Libya will turn into another Cuba, left behind, isolated, a relic of the past, with a nice coastline.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-30 12:02

      Don't worry soon people of Libya will enjoy the same privileges of people of Iraq,and Afghanistan.

      slg - 2011-07-30 18:26

      Kunta, why have Libyans been denied the right to vote?

  • Jiri - 2011-07-30 09:58

    Lets cut the crap.. I accept that Gadhafi is a tyrant. I accept that he has executed people. So what. There are at least 15/20 other tyrants in the world who do the same. Close to home is Zimbabwe. Does the world car. Do European care about Libya. I don't think so. Then who does. The military who are using the mission to test their military capability, and use up the old stock of weapons so that the factories can produce more and keep employment up in this recession. And at the end of the day present the bill to NATO or even from Libya's frozen funds. This is in fact the evil of the most extreme kind. WE allow Zimbabwe, we allow most Arab states, we allow Korea etc etc etc to go on being Dictatorship and do nothing. JUST OPEN YOUR BRAINS, if you can it is not about the people not about the people of Libya.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-30 12:00

      The Military Industrial Complex and the Pentagon are the biggest corporations in the world. This is how US tax payer dollars are moved from the treasury to the private corporations who in turn decide who gets elected into Washington by means of donations. The American political system is the most corrupt in the world to the point that people have given up commenting on it. This government stopped long ago to represent US citizens'interests and has been usurped by the multi-national corporation. What they have in the US is Corporatocracy, a modern cousin of fascism.

      slg - 2011-07-30 18:27

      Kunta, please explain again why you believe Libyans should not have the right to vote for their leaders.

  • David Woolfrey - 2011-07-30 12:07

    Well, the anti-Libyan alliance must be breathing a sigh of relief. if the Norwegian armed forces are anything like their police, they were probably destined to score only own goals.

  • Jo - 2011-07-30 22:49

    This is about Oil. Iraq gets to vote for the Oil company puppets just like Americans and soon Libya. smh

      slg - 2011-07-30 23:14

      Libya produces just 2% of the world's oil. It's not about oil. It's about Libyans wanting the right to vote for their leaders. Gadhafi and his sons are denying them this right. They're also killing civilians and causing the rape into submission of thousands of women to try and dominate them into submission and hold onto power. In Iraq, the Iraqi government owns all the country's oil resources. It puts out to tender exploration and refining rights to companies from all over the world, including Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia, the EU, and the US, all companies that have the ability to extract and refine oil effectively and pay the government the highest possible royalties. The winning tenderers then enter into partnership agreements with the Iraqi government in which usually half the profits flow to the government. Before receiving its share of the profits, the government also receives tax at varying rates. At the end of the day, the lion's share of the revenues flow to the government, which then has the responsibility to use them for the benefit of the Iraqi people.

  • Gone-4-Good - 2011-08-01 09:53

    Syria is next! Action is taken against tyrants...people complain and they complain when no action is taken! So what is the solution? In most cases these countries need foreign assistance to topple a dictator. Arm the rebels and let them deal with it. We all know from experience that "quiet diplomacy" does not work.

  • Wes - 2011-08-01 10:17

    I think someone is logging on at an internet cafe and posting under different names. Probably family member of Gadaffi, because Bernard, Meelo and Kunta-Kinte are really deluded.

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