NATO at War

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The mission of the coalition of nations to protect Libyan citizens by "any means necessary" is now four weeks old, but the strength of the mission is becoming increasingly tenuous. Britain and France are now spearheading the intervention since the United States handed leadership off on March 31, but the NATO coalition seems increasingly splintered as it struggles with a mission that expressely prohibits the toppling of embattled Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. Meanwhile, Qaddafi's forces are besieging the city of Misurata, and have adopted tactics that make them less of a target to Western air power. Above, a French Mirage 2000 fighter jet is parked on the Solenzara air base on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on April 5.


The United Kingdom's Royal Marine boarding team helps to enforce the Libyan naval blockade on April 11. 


A French Mirage 2000 fighter jet from the Istres military air base lines up for airborne refueling above the Mediterranean Sea on March 30.


The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves Toulon for Libya on March 20.


French pilots climb up into the cockpit of a Rafael fighter jet at the Solenzara air base on the island of Corsica on March 26.


A French Rafale fighter jet seen from the rear of a Boeing C-135 on March 11, during military actions over Libya.

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