October 21st, 2011
04:31 PM ET

NATO aims to end Libya campaign on October 31

NATO will begin to scale back operations in Libya following Moammar Gadhafi's death, with the preliminary end date of October 31, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday.

"We did what we said we would do and now is the time for the Libyan people to take their destiny into their own hands," Rasmussen said.

NATO launched an air and missile campaign in March - when pro-Gadhafi forces were advancing on a rebel stronghold in Libya - under a U.N. mandate to protect civilians. NATO's efforts have included strike sorties and airstrikes targeting Gadhafi's military resources.

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  1. banasy©

    As well they should.
    The rebels won.
    Let them start their new beginning.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HI BANASY©I TRIED TO SAY HELLO THE OTHER NIGHT BUT YOU WENT TO BED. THE THREAD HAVE BEEN JAMMED PACKED.WE'VE HAD ALOTTA LAUGHS THOUGH!

    October 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    Hey Bansay and The One And Only DRAKOREX1 how have you two been?

    October 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    THAT's a "Mission Accomplished".

    October 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Interesting. Another word you can't post on these boards is S P O O K Y

    October 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Oh now I get it. Racist epithet. I'm still tring to figure out S K Y S C R A P E R and J A P A N E S E though.

      October 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, guys. Doing good, doing good.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    I agree. Let them begin healing and repairing. Its their victory,let them relish it.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R.Tavanaye

    Congradulation libya today its your birthday, wish you many more, now who is next ..... Dictators of africa we are coming to you....

    October 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*gadafi

    Im alive and well!!! Hahaha

    October 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    your still alive???? Damn well....BANG,BANG,BANG....STAB,STAB...SLASH! There momhar I hope this did it!

    October 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    NATO definitely did their job. Great job guys. Now let the people see if they can get it together.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      You're completely right about what a wonderful job NATO did in Libya, bobcat2u. But then again, I'm just an ignorant Tea Partier here so don't put too much credence in what I say!

      October 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cute little kid

    They should change the name of NATO to NEATO

    October 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!! I'm with you on that!!!

      October 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Wow, someone severely dated himself. How many decades has it been since a little kid said "neat-oh"? Suppertime Gramps, time to turn off the computer, then a nice nap, OK?

    October 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Perfect! Hey, libya! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, you're on your own, ladies. SCARY, isn't it..

    Good luck with that 🙂

    October 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I've never seen so many ignorant fools as I see here on this web page. That goes to show just how successful the right-wing news media has been at brainwashing the general public!!!

    October 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      You are going to have to be more specific.. I'm not sure how to respond to that.. But for some reason i feel a need to..

      October 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Not me. Here's a hint. I never rant about the "right-wing-media".

      October 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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