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Jordan sends jets to support Libya no-fly zone

Jordan sends fighter aircraft to a European air base to protect humanitarian flights

Jordan sends jets to support Libya no-fly zone
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Jordan has
sent fighter aircraft to a European air base to support a no-fly zone over
Libya and protect humanitarian flights from the Arab kingdom, Foreign Minister
Nasser Judeh was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The Jordan Times newspaper
quoted Judeh as saying that Royal Jordanian Air Force fighter aircraft landed
at the base two days ago. He did not say how many fighter jets had been sent.

The official
Petra News Agency said Judeh told newspaper editors that Jordan was offering
"logistical support for enforcement of the no-fly zone mandated by a
United Nations resolution".

It said he
told the editors that the fighter aircraft would also protect the aid flights,
the first of which landed at Benghazi airport on Monday.

Qatar was
the first Arab country to contribute planes to police the no-fly zone. Last
Thursday a French armed forces spokesman said fighter jets from the UAE had arrived at an air base in Sardinia to support NATO's Libya
operation, meant to protect civilians caught up in a civil war between Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebel forces.

MADUKA NWEKE 8 years ago

This war ravaging some of the Arab nations are as a result of issues that could be prevented. My submission is that the Libyans were not complaining maltreatment from Gadhaffi. The leader was doing them well giving them the courage to assert their boldness anywhere in the world. Why they got it wrong is when he wanted to enthrone his dynasty for ever.
It is my believe that there are countries where their leaders are not long-lasting yet they are in hell. Why did not the 'protectors of human rights get to them to save them. We have more of that in Africa.
Obama should be careful so that the invasion or collusion with other super powers into Libya will not cost him second term ticket. Let history accompany his decision. Where America goes is where the world goes because American president is the president of the world.
Maduka Nweke writes from Igbakwu, Ayamelum LGA, Anambra state, Nigeria.