NATO Choppers Ratchet Up Pressure on Khaddafy

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For the first time, British and French attack helicopters under NATO command were used to strike Libya’s military targets Saturday in an effort to pressure Moammar Khaddafy's forces. The captain of the HMS Ocean, from which British Apache helicopters were deployed, told BBC News that the choppers damaged two military installations, a radar site and an armed checkpoint near Brega. British Prime Minister David Cameron gave the go-ahead to send four Apache helicopters to Libya on May 27; according to NATO, the attack helicopters would make it easier to find pro-Khaddafy loyalists who target civilians. However, the choppers are open to missile attacks from Libyan military forces because they fly at lower altitudes, BBC News reported.

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