Libya: Berlusconi backs Nato strikes by Italy jets
Italy says its air force will join the NATO bombing campaign against government forces in Libya. The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced the change in policy following a telephone conversation with President Obama. Before now Italy has resisted joining the NATO-Led attack missions against Libya, it argued that as the former colonial power in Libya the political cost of causing casualties is too high. Now though, the Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has signal a major change in policy, he said Italy will now take action against specific military objectives in order to protect the civilian populations. This is likely to be welcomed by NATO planners who asked its members to offer additional resources to keep up the pressure on Colonel Gadhafi.
Berlusconi backs Nato strikes by Italy jets