Air crew work on a Royal Air Force Tornado, one of the typres of aircraft to be used in the operation of a no-fly zone over Libya, at the Lossiemouth air base at Moray, Scotland. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament that preparations to deploy the aircraft were already under way and they would begin moving out to air bases in the Mediterranean region "in the coming hours".(AP Photo/Andrew Milligan-pa)
Air crew work on a Royal Air Force Tornado, one of the typres of aircraft to be used in the operation of a no-fly zone over Libya, at the Lossiemouth air base at Moray, Scotland. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament that preparations to deploy the aircraft were already under way and they would begin moving out to air bases in the Mediterranean region "in the coming hours".(AP Photo/Andrew Milligan-pa)
published Friday, March 18th, 2011
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BRUSSELS — If NATO mounts an operation to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, it will almost certainly establish quick superiority over Moammar Gadhafi’s outdated air force. But diplomats and analysts — relying on lessons learned from NATO’s intervention in the Balkans in the 1990s — caution that any attempts to launch airstrikes against Gadhafi’s ground forces would be far more dangerous, and could result in serious losses.

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