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NATO ending 7-month campaign in Libya Midnight Monday

NATO is ending Monday the seven-month bombing and campaign that enabled Libyan rebels to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's regime

AP , Monday 31 Oct 2011
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NATO Officials say all operations will conclude Monday at midnight.

The alliance stopped its bombing missions soon after Gaddafi's death earlier this month but has maintained regular air patrols.

Officials says NATO air forces carried out 9,600 strike sorties in the past seven months, destroying about 5,900 military targets.

The UN Security Council authorized the mission in March to protect civilians caught up in the civil war. Last week it decided to end military action.

NATO staff temporarily seconded to the headquarters in Naples for the Libyan operation are being reassigned to their regular duties, officials said.

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