October 31st, 2011
01:51 AM ET

NATO to officially end Libya mission

After seven months of an aerial bombing campaign that helped depose longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, NATO officially ends its mission in Libya on Monday.

NATO's move comes after the United Nations Security Council last week rescinded its March mandate for military intervention to protect civilians targeted during anti-regime protests.

"Libyans have now liberated their country. And they have transformed the region," said NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday. "This is their victory."

"Our operation for Libya will end on October 31. Until then, together with our partners, we will continue to monitor the situation. And if needed, we will continue to respond to threats to civilians," Rasmussen said.

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  1. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HAPPY HALLOWS EVE

    October 31, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. layminister herman

    Rite baaack at you drrrraaakkk!!!

    October 31, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/humanitarian-disaster/

    October 31, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I just heard on the news that they have the soldier who killed Ghadfi and they are going to try him for the unlawful murder of a prisoner of war.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    well ill believe this when i see it, ending troops in libya i mean. as for them prosecuting the soldier who killed gadahfi isnt that what the us *claimed* to have done to bin laden? kinda two faced aint it?

    October 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      You got that right, chrissy. Two-faced it is!!!

      October 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    gadhafi i mean

    October 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Well, the whole objective of our 'mission' was to get Ghddafi eliminated. He escaped our bombs though and met his fate at others hands (?).
    But has our 'mission' ended ? After Iraq we are planning to increase our presence in the Gulf region and would certainly be thinking of securing a base in Libya.
    God when are we going to realize that the era of 'colonialism' has ended. That people are now stirring up to take their destiny in their own hands. They do not want the West to impose its dictats on them. Our military presence may for the while strengthen the rulers in the Gulf who themselves are on a shaky ground but would certainly turn the general population hostile. No, it already has.
    Our policies are failing. Our mishandling of the Israel/Palestine conflict has further damaged our credibility & status as a world power.
    When would we learn? A seriously uninformed, misinformed American public is no help.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, saywhat. You said it all. The right-wing thugs in Washington will not give up any more gracefully than the European leaders did back in the 1940's and '50's and therefore seek to turn the Arab Spring into the Winter of NATO Domination for the whole area.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    of course im still not convinced on the accounts given to us on the disposal of osama bin laden either. sounds real fishy, the whole thing if u ask me. might be l0 years or so before we learn the real truth about that i guess.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JEN

    I HOPE THEIR NEXT MISSION IS MEXICO AND BRAZIL. IT TIME TO GET RID OF THESE DRUG LORDS.

    November 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |