ISTANBUL, July 15 (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it will send four more Tornado warplanes to support the NATO mission in Libya, in addition to the 12 already deployed.
“These are the aircraft which are particularly well equipped for surveillance and reconnaissance, and as the conflict has gone on and the targets have become harder to detect it is important to have this capability available,” Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt told Reuters on the sidelines of an international Libya contact group meeting in Istanbul.
“They have the capability to launch airstrikes,” he said.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called on Thursday for members of the alliance to provide more aircraft to bomb Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in order to protect Libyan civilians and enforce a no-fly zone. (Reporting by Ibon Villelabeitia; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Matthew Jones)