NATO: All Targets Struck In Libya Were Military

By Salon Staff

Published March 5, 2012 3:36PM (EST)

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says all targets hit during the bombing of Libya were legitimate military sites, despite the findings of a U.N. expert panel that said 60 civilians were killed and 55 wounded in the airstrikes it investigated.

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed Monday the finding by the U.N.-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Libya that NATO had "conducted a highly precise campaign with a demonstrable determination to avoid civilian casualties."

However, in its report, the commission concluded that in four cases where NATO claimed to have struck command and control centers or staging areas, the commission could identify no military targets.

NATO warplanes flew 18,000 sorties during the seven-month campaign, which ended in October.

Salon Staff

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