NATO to End Air Raid Oct. 31

    A British RAF Tornado jet lands at Gioia del Colle air base, near Bari, southern Italy, Thursday, March 24, 2011. NATO's commander for the naval blockade of Libya says he is confident he'll have enough ships to prevent weapons and mercenaries from entering Libya, but says he's still in a "build-up'' phase. Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri of Italy held a first briefing Thursday at NATO's base in Naples. The briefing marks a tangible sign NATO is taking command of some Libya operations while negotiations continue about whether it will take over responsibility for enforcement of the no-fly zone. (AP Photo/Donato Fasano)

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    NATO’s air campaign against Libya will end on Oct. 31, the alliance announced Friday. The air raids started on March 19 with the intent to stop former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown on protesters and to suppress his missile and radar networks. In the wake of Gaddafi’s death Thursday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the mission had been a success. He said there will be a final vote on the Libya mission early next week. The last 10 days of the patrol will be mainly a cautionary measure, Fogh Rasmussen said.

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