NATO extends Libya mission for another three months

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:55am EDT

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - NATO agreed on Wednesday to a three-month extension of its air and sea campaign in Libya as the country's new rulers try to dislodge well-armed Gaddafi loyalists holding out in several towns.

The agreement to extend the mission, which NATO took full control of on March 31, was reached at a meeting of ambassadors of the 28 NATO states in Brussels, a NATO diplomat said.

It was the second three-month extension to the mission that has involved a campaign of air strikes and a naval mission to enforce a U.N. arms embargo.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Rex Merrifield)