US To Stop Firing Missiles Against Libya - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

US To Stop Firing Missiles Against Libya

WASHINGTON - The U.S. role in the international campaign against the Libyan government is being scaled back some more. Two U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon will soon stop
firing Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libya.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had already told Congress that U.S. combat aircraft will be pulled out of the mission as of Sunday.

Officials say that after the U.S. stand-down takes effect, the ships and subs armed with Tomahawks will stay in the region, ready to resume firing, if it's requested by NATO and approved by the
Pentagon.

The U.S. military will continue providing a range of support, including aerial refueling and aerial surveillance and reconnaissance. NATO aircraft will perform the combat role as well as patrol a
no-fly zone.

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