NATO announces end of Libya mission from 31st October

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NATO has announced it will end its air campaign over Libya from 31st October 2011, following the decision of the U.N. Security Council to lift the no-fly zone and end military action to protect civilians. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on 28th October 2011 that the operation was “one of the most successful in NATO history,” one which was able to wind down quickly following the death of former Libyan leader, Muammar Qadhafi. Monitoring air patrols are expected to continue until  to make sure there are no more threats to civilians. NATO’s 26,000 sorties, including 9,600 strike missions, destroyed about 5,900 military targets since they started on March 31.

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