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NATO Taking Command Of Libya Air Strikes

BRUSSELS - NATO will assume command of all aerial operations – including ground attacks – in Libya from the U.S.-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Mormmar Gadhafi's forces.

Ambassadors on Sunday approved a plan to expand the previously agreed mission to enforce the U.N. arms embargo and no-fly zone by agreeing to protect civilians from attack by Gadhafi's ground forces, a diplomat said

After eight days of strikes on Libyan targets, Washington is eager to quickly hand off responsibility for air strikes to the alliance.

The diplomat who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the transfer of authority from the U.S.-led force may take a several days.

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