22 Sep 2011

NATO extends mission in Libya

2:19 pm on 22 September 2011

The countries of the NATO military alliance are extending their mission in Libya by a further three months.

The decision to continue the air and sea campaign was taken at a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, the BBC reports.

NATO's military intervention has been decisive in the success of the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Anti-Gaddafi forces say they are now in control of most of the southern desert city of Sabha, which is one of the last pro-Gaddafi strongholds.

If Sabha has fallen, that would close off a key escape route for Gaddafi loyalists.