LIBYA MILITARY OPERATION -Turkey's Izmir confirmed as command-and-control center of NATO air operations.
However, it is not clear who to command the NATO force; it can be a Turk, an American or someone else from another NATO country, NATO spokesman Col. Geoffrey Booth told a press conference in Brussels.
NATO's naval mission that enforces the arms embargo on Libya, and air operations to be carried out by NATO base in Izmir will be both overseen by the Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy.
NATO base in Izmir will need two days for preparations after it takes the operational command, NATO officials said.
Enforcement of no-fly zone over Libya requires dozens, "not hundreds", of warplanes and minimum three AWACS early-warning surveillance aircraft, Col. Booth said.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
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|Publication:||Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)|
|Date:||Mar 25, 2011|
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