NATO SPEAKS BACK!

NATO Strikes Military Command and Control Node

NAPLES – NATO is aware of allegations that a NATO strike targeted a residential building in the vicinity of Sorman, west of Tripoli, in the early hours of Monday morning.

After careful checking, NATO can confirm that it did conduct a strike in that area at the time. This was a precision strike on a legitimate military target — a command and control node which was directly involved in coordinating systematic attacks on the Libyan people. 

While NATO cannot confirm reports of casualties, we would regret any loss of  civilian life and we go to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties. This is in stark contrast to the Qadhafi regime, which continues its policy of systematic and sustained violence against the people of Libya. 

The facility which was struck was identified as a command and control node through rigorous analysis based on persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance carried out over a prolonged period of time. NATO does not target specific individuals.

“This strike will greatly degrade the Qadhafi regime forces’ ability to carry on their barbaric assault against the Libyan people,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector.

NATO will continue its mission to protect the people of Libya, in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973

NATO defended the credibility of its air war in Libya after a bomb misfired killing civilians, as Libyan state media said the alliance had begun bombing highway traffic checkpoints.

“I would suggest that our reputation and credibility is unquestionable,” said Wing Commander Mike Bracken, the mission’s military spokesman.

“What is questionable is the Kadhafi regime’s use of human shields, (and) firing missiles from mosques,” Bracken told reporters from operation headquarters in Naples, Italy.

He stressed that NATO had taken pains to avoid civilian casualties in its three-month campaign in Libya .

The comments came after NATO admitted a bomb misfired in Tripoli at the weekend, killing nine people according to Moamer Kadhafi’s regime.

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