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Nato will not put troops on ground in Libya

Associated Press Contributor

Nato will continue to deploy strike aircraft, spy planes and unmanned drones over Libya but will not put any troops on the ground to help the transitional council maintain law and order, alliance officials made clear on Wednesday.

If any international organization were to take on the task of a stabilization force, it would be the UN, they said. “It is a classic case for blue helmets,” said one official.

The North Atlantic Council, Nato’s decision-making body, has set out “political guidelines” for military planners who are now drawing up options. “Nato will help the UN if asked,” said an official.

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