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143. Libya air ops: "The U.S. retains the possibility of launching a unilateral mission if necessary"

Source: Air Force Times





U.S. ready to resume Libya strikes if needed


By Scott Fontaine - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Apr 5, 2011 18:28:44 EDT


NATO has command of the no-fly zone over Libya, but an array of American airframes fly daily and the U.S. retains the possibility of launching a unilateral mission if necessary, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.

Army Gen. Carter Ham told members of the House Armed Services Committee that American troops have moved into a support role but some scenarios might the require U.S. to take the operational lead. The alliance took over enforcement of the U.N.-backed operation March 24.

There is always the potential for some U.S. unilateral military missions, he said. One could think of, for example, personnel recovery of a downed pilot or something like that. If that were to occur, that would fall to U.S. Africa Command to execute those responsibilities.

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http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2011/04/military-liby... /






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