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NATO to conclude air campaign over Libya

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was one of approximately 110 cruise missiles fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines that targeted about 20 radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. (U.S. Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Sunderman)

October 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
NATO announced it will end its air campaign over Libya next Monday.

This follows the announcement by the United Nations Security Council to lift the no-fly zone and end military action to protect civilians.

Monitoring air patrols are expected to run until Monday to make sure civilians are no longer threatened.

NATO officials said the operation was one of the most successful in the organization's history.

NATO's 26,000 defensive attacks, including 9,600 strike missions, destroyed about 5,900 military targets since they started on March 31.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.