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NATO confident of more planes for Libya mission

BERLIN (AP) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he has not yet received specific pledges for more aircraft needed for the alliance's Libya mission but that he expects the additional planes soon.
Rasmussen said Friday after two days of meetings with NATO foreign ministers that he has "indications that nations will deliver what is needed."
He says: "I'm hopeful that we will get the necessary assets in the very near future."
NATO's military commander has said the alliance needs more ground-attack aircraft to carry out the precision strikes necessary to attack forces of Moammar Gadhafi while avoiding civilian casualties.
Gadhafi's forces have camouflaged themselves and hidden in populated areas to avoid Western airstrikes now in their third week.

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