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Military gives in to Libyan mission pressure. Norway’s military has bowed to demands for increased openness over its Libyan operations, telling the press today it vows to do better. Criticism over officials’ silence has been mounting, with defence staff spending much of last week discussing which details to give out. Defence Minister Grete Faremo and Major General Morten Haga Lunde informed journalists at today’s press conference information will be published on the military’s web pages for a full week in arrears.

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Military gives in to Libyan mission pressure

Published on Tuesday, 7th June, 2011 at 16:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norway’s military has bowed to demands for increased openness over its Libyan operations, telling the press today it vows to do better.

Libyan command + control centre following hit
Libyan command + control centre following hit
Photo: Forsvaret


Criticism over officials’ silence has been mounting, with defence staff spending much of last week discussing which details to give out.

Defence Minister Grete Faremo and Major General Morten Haga Lunde informed journalists at today’s press conference information will be published on the military’s web pages for a full week in arrears.

Military spokesperson Major Eystein Kvarving tells The Foreigner “we will now be releasing details of missions flown by us and as part of Operation Unified Protector in total, the number of sorties and bombs dropped, together with information about target types and in which areas, broadly-speaking.”

“Although much of the information we are releasing is not new, we realise it was not presented in a systematic enough way. We will, however, be going a little deeper into where, and how we bombed,” he continues.  

According to official figures for last week, Norway’s six F-16s flew 13 missions, 28 sorties, and dropped 31 bombs on key targets in Tripoli, Brega, and Misrata, knocking out command and control centres, artillery launching ramps for artillery, weapons, ammunition and vehicle storage facilities, military vehicles, weapons systems, and radars.

Major Kvarving also says many of their raids on command and control centres have been at night “to minimise casualties. We have used bunker-busters that only explode after they have penetrated the roof so that collateral damage is reduced as much as possible.”

Nevertheless, the military is keen to avoid going into further detail for reasons of pilot security.

“We are not comfortable commenting upon single missions. As Norway is a small country, it is easier for people to trace these back to specific individuals,” the Major says.

Meanwhile, Minister Faremo confirms Norway will continue to be part of Operation Unified Protector, with a decision as to size and scope expected at the end of this month.

Norwegian pilots have flown 172 missions, 389 sorties, and dropped 369 bombs as part of the NATO-led campaign to date.




Published on Tuesday, 7th June, 2011 at 16:46 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianf-16s, libya, operationunifiedprotector, muammaral-gaddafi.





  
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