US says Libya no-fly zone 'challenging'

WASHINGTON, March 1 Tue Mar 1, 2011 10:35am EST

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - Establishing a no-fly zone in Libya would be a 'challenging' military operation, a senior U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

"My military opinion is that it would be challenging," General James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate hearing. "You would have to remove air defense capabilty in order to establish a no-fly zone, so no illusions here. It would be a military operations -- it wouldn't be just telling people not to fly airplanes." (Reporting by Missy Ryan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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