Almost half of NATO members not offering any military support to Libya campaign

on April 15 2011 1:23 PM

Members of NATO are deeply divided over how much they want to participate in the military campaign in Libya. In fact, out of the 28 nations in the alliance, only five are actually conducting air strikes on the North African country, while 13 members (almost half) are offering no support to the mission at all.

Here is a survey of what the nations of NATO are doing (or not doing) in Libya:

Providing no military support: Croatia; Czech Republic; Estonia; Germany; Hungary; Iceland; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Poland; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia.

Offering modest military support: Albania; Bulgaria; Greece; Romania; and Turkey.

Supplying reconnaissance missions exclusively: Italy; Netherlands; Spain.

Carrying out air strikes in Libya: Belgium; Canada; Denmark; France; Norway; UK; US.

Moreover, only Britain and France have called for an increase in military activities by the alliance in Libya. There is also great opposition to a proposal to arm Libyan rebels, even by countries that are conducting military strikes (including Belgium and Denmark).

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