The Wall Street Journal
April 6, 2011

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization rebutted criticisms from rebels that it was slowing down operations in Libya and failing to give them sufficient air support in their battles with Col. Gadhafi’s forces.

Officials said the number of sorties planned for Wednesday, at nearly 200, would be the highest for any day since NATO took full command of operations on March 31.

With the U.S. saying it had pulled back into a support role late on Monday, the alliance said it had flown 155 sorties Tuesday, slightly above Monday’s number. On Tuesday, allied airstrikes destroyed armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers.

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