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UK sending more Tornadoes to attack Libya

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, July 15, IRNA -- The British government is again escalating its campaign for regime change in Libya by sending four more Tornado warplanes in addition to 12 aircraft it has already deployed.

Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said the GR4 aircraft were well equipped for surveillance and reconnaissance and was “important to have this capability available.'

Nato allies, seeking to destroy the country's military infrastructure, have accused the Libyan regime of increasingly attempting to conceal troops, equipment and headquarters, often in populated areas.

The announced reinforcements came as Burt was joined by Foreign Secretary William Hague in attending the latest meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Istanbul on Friday.

'Today is all about showing the commitment of forty nations and international organisations who have all come together very clearly to give the message that the Qadhafi regime is losing legitimacy and it should go,” Hague said.

'The very strong message coming from the international community politically, diplomatically and through economic sanctions is that this regime has had its time and it should go for the benefit of the people of Libya,' he insisted.

The four-month bombing campaign, led by Britain and France, has failed to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the resulting stalemate has so far cost UK taxpayers hundreds of millions instead of tens of millions which the government originally indicated.

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