US Admiral Samuel Locklear says Qatari aircraft will be 'up and flying' by the weekend
Two Qatari fighter jets and two
C-17 transport aircraft expected to participate in the no-fly
zone over Libya landed in Crete on Tuesday, a Greek defence
ministry official said.
US Admiral Samuel Locklear told reporters in Washington
that Qatari aircraft would be "up and flying" by the weekend.
European and US forces have sent warplanes against Libyan
targets under a UN Security Council resolution and Western
officials have said that Qatari aircraft would join the
operation enforcing a no-fly zone.
"Two Mirage fighter jets and two C-17 transport aircraft
from Qatar have landed at the military base in Souda," the
defence ministry official said.
Four other Qatari Mirage were expected at Souda but it was
not clear when they would arrive, the official said.
The United Arab Emirates have also requested refueling at
Souda base for 12 F-16 jets and 12 Mirage jets on their way to
Sicily, the official said, adding that none has arrived yet.
Cyprus, which hosts two British bases, has said it does not
want any involvement in military operations over Libya.
President Demetris Christofias said on Sunday that his
government opposed any use of the British bases on the island to
enforce the no-fly zone, but conceded it had no power to stop
Britain has sovereignty over the bases on Cyprus, a former
colony. British base authorities have said the facilities in
Cyprus were not being used to launch offensive strikes.