NATO chief calls time on military operations in Libya
Anders Fogh Rasmussen proclaimed the end of 'a successful chapter in Nato's history'
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has announced that the Nato mission in Libya has formally come. Nato ceased to be involved as of one minute to midnight Libyan time (21:59 GMT) on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images) Rasmussen (C) arrived at Tripoli airport on October 31, 2011 on a surprise visit. (AFP/Getty Images) He was welcomed by Libyan interim Defence Minister Mohammed Dfeynas (R) upon arrival in the capital. (AFP/Getty Images) He also met with Libyan National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil before holding a press conference which would see Nato no longer involved in the countries fight for freedom. (AFP/Getty Images) Nato played a major role in ousting Libya's former rule of 40 years, Muammar Gaddafi. Libya's interim rulers have now elected academic Abdel Rahim al-Kib to head a transitional government. (AFP/Getty Images) Rasmussen said his organisation was proud to have helped the North African country during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, and that it was fully prepared to help Libya's new rulers with security and a transition to democracy if required. (AFP/Getty Images) NTC chairman Mr Jalil said both he and Libya were grateful for the help received from Nato forces, which involved its warplanes flying more than 26,000 sorties, including nearly 10,000 strike missions. More than 1,000 tanks, vehicles and guns were destroyed, along with Col Gaddafi's command and control network. (AFP/Getty Images. Text: BBC)