NATO Takes Over Libya No-Fly Zone

Mar 25, 2011

The U.S. is transferring control of the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO. That means no Libyan aircraft will be able to take to the skies in any part of Libyan airspace.

But NPR's Tom Bowman tells Morning Edition it's still unclear who will lead the second part of the mission in Libya - protecting civilians from attack by fighters loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Tom says that's the harder task still being worked out, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned:

Tom says the U.S. will continue to provide refueling tankers and special listening aircraft. Now the AP reports the African Union is calling for a transition period in Libya that would lead to democratic elections. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit