March 25, 2011 / 11:07 AM / 9 years ago

NATO envisages 90-day Libya no-fly mission

BRUSSELS, March 25 (Reuters) - Planning for NATO’s no-fly operation over Libya assumes a mission lasting 90 days, but this could be extended or shortened as required, a NATO official said on Friday.

“Much of the planning assumptions were based on a three-month planning window, but should the (NATO commander) feel it’s necessary to extend it, then he would simply have to say... I am anticipating it may be more or less,” the official said.

NATO officials said the mission, approved on Thursday, was expected to involved dozens of aircraft from the 28-nation military alliance.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Rex Merrifield

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