Julian Borger, Patrick Wintour and Martin Chulov
February 28, 2011
The west is edging towards a possible military confrontation with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, as the US deployed naval and air force units around Libya, and David Cameron ordered contingency plans for a no-fly zone.
The prime minister said he had told the Ministry of Defence and the chief of the defence staff to draw up the plans in coordination with Britain’s Nato allies and report back to him within days.
A no-fly zone would be designed principally to prevent attacks on Libyan people by the Gaddafi regime – mainly by his helicopter gun ships.