NATO Defense Ministers meet in Brussels

NATO Defense Ministers meet in Brussels
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:21am

Defense Ministers from NATO met in Brussels wednesday to talk about Libya and Afghanistan. During the two days of talks, NATO's Secretary General is expected to pressure allies to step up participation in the Libya mission. NATO war planes have been conducting daylight raids over Tripoli, which has raised questions over whether NATO is sticking to its U.N. mandate to protect civilians.

The U.S. continues to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to the mission although it handed control to NATO in late March. Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not comment to reporters as he arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels. This is his last NATO gathering before he retires at the end of the month. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox promised NATO forces would continue to keep Libyans safe from the Khaddafy regime.

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