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Coalition Extending No Fly Zone Over Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. role in the international effort in Libya is already starting to decline. According to a U.S. commander in the region, most of Monday's missions over Libya were flown not by Americans, but by pilots from other countries in the coalition. Gen. Carter Ham also says the international forces are planning to extend the no-fly zone to the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

That's hundreds of miles from the area where the most recent fighting has taken place between Moammar Gadhafi loyalists and the rebels trying to force him out.

Ham's comments came hours before President Barack Obama told reporters in Chile that the U.S. will turn over leadership of the military operation to other countries within a "matter of days, not weeks."

Obama said the U.S. wants to see Gadhafi leave, but that the international effort has a more limited goal of setting up a no-fly zone and protecting civilians.

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