NYT: Report says NATO power limited in Libya without US

April 15, 2012 07:51


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A still confidential NATO assessment of the air campaign in Libya states that it would be difficult to carry out a similar operation in the future without substantially relying on the US, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The report, according to the Times, criticizes NATO for failing to share critical information, failure to plan appropriately for operations and an unbalanced dependence on the US for reconnaissance and refueling aircraft. NATO also only had 40 percent of the aircraft necessary for intercepting electronic communications.

The conclusions indicate that what has been presented as NATO's ability to function militarily largely independent of the US was overblown. The Times also said that the report highlights the limits on NATO's options to intervene in Syria.

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