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Nato concludes Libya bomb campaign

Nato is ending the seven-month bombing campaign which enabled Libyan rebels to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

The alliance stopped its bombing missions soon after Gaddafi's death earlier this month but has maintained regular air patrols.

Officials said Nato air forces carried out 9,600 strike sorties in the past seven months, destroying about 5,900 military targets.

The UN Security Council authorised the mission in March to protect civilians caught up in the civil war. Last week it decided to end military action.

Nato staff temporarily seconded to the headquarters in Naples, Italy, for the Libyan operation are being reassigned to their regular duties, officials said.

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