NATO Jets Running Out of Bombs in Libya
Which might mean US fighter pilots get called back to action
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2011 12:33 PM CDT
A Danish F-16 aircraft is reviewed after a mission over Libya at Signella Airbase in Sicily, Italy.   (AP Photo/Joachim Adrian)

(Newser) – NATO apparently figured Moammar Gadhafi would fold quickly: Its fighter jets are running low on laser-guided bombs, a development that could make it harder for US pilots to stay on the sidelines, reports the Washington Post. The twist: The US has plenty of such bombs, but they don't fit on French and British planes, which are handling most of the airstrikes.

US pilots are still flying sorties over Libya, but mainly to gather intelligence. The six nations raining down bombs—as rebels plead for more—are Britain, France, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, and Canada. US military officials tell the Post they expect that American fighter pilots will be called back to action, though its possible other NATO nations could step up.