Gadhafi's Air Force Is Done: UK General

NATO still wrestling with logistics of military operation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2011 3:45 PM CDT
A Libyan rebel fighter flashs the victory sign as he sits behind a windscreen with a bullet stuck in it at a checkpoint near Ajdabiya.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Allies have knocked out Moammar Gadhafi's air force and can fly over Libya "with near impunity," says a senior British commander. They're now turning their attention to knocking back Gadhafi's tanks and ground forces with airstrikes, reports the BBC. Meanwhile, NATO still hasn't figured out how the military operation will proceed once the US pulls back, notes MSNBC, even as NATO ships began patrolling off the Libyan coast. Robert Gates says the US could turn over control as early as Saturday, adds AP.

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