Sunday, June 5, 2011

Libya: first strike of helicopter gunships NATO

When the U.S. Congress urges Barack Obama to explain the ongoing military operations, combat helicopters of the Atlantic Alliance are first entered in action in Libya Saturday, June 4. "Among the targets hit were military vehicles, military equipment and forces" of the military regime of Muammar Gaddafi, said NATO in a statement.

British Apache helicopters destroyed a radar installation and a military checkpoint located near Brega, said the British Ministry of Defence. London, March 19 has been involved in the operations of the international coalition in Libya, had announced in late May to send four of its helicopters and combat deployment since the ship HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier positioned off the coast North Africa.

The British Foreign Minister William Hague arrived in Benghazi at the same time to meet with leaders of the rebellion and show his "support" the Libyan people. Military officials said NATO had the French have meanwhile provided four Tiger on board the helicopter carrier Tonnerre. "Twenty goals, including a dozen military vehicles, including pickups armed," were destroyed, said spokesman of the Defence Staff, Colonel Thierry Burkhard.

This action allows NATO to have an "additional flexibility to identify and address the pro-Gaddafi who deliberately target civilians and try to hide in populated areas," the statement said. But more than two months after beginning operations, the elected representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives, many of whom are furious at not being consulted by Obama on military intervention in Libya, voted Friday to demand explanations from the President .

The resolution must also pass the cape of the Senate, where elected officials should vote within days on a resolution supporting U.S. intervention "limited" in Libya. Same skepticism toward Russia. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that NATO "skidded to a ground operation" in Libya, which would be "deplorable".

"We believe that our Western partners understand that events take a turn in Libya undesirable, but that decisions continue by inertia," he said. Mikhail Margelov, special envoy of President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia will leave Monday night for Libya, where he must go to Benghazipour including "meet the leaders of the Transitional National Council."

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