Saturday, June 4, 2011
Expanding the temporary humanitarian action in Libya that isn't a war...
British Apache attack helicopters have been used to strike targets in Libya for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
The RAF Apaches hit targets near the Libyan town of Brega during the latest wave of Nato strikes against forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the MoD said.
“This successful engagement demonstrates the unique capabilities brought to bear by attack helicopters,” said Lt Gen Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector.
“We will continue to use these assets whenever and wherever needed, using the same precision as we do in all of our missions.”
The Apaches attacked and destroyed two military installations – a radar site and an armed checkpoint – near Brega, the BBC reported. It said that French Gazelle helicopters also took part in simultaneous attacks on different targets in Libya for the first time...