Flavia Krause-Jackson and Patrick Donahue
April 15, 2011

NATO states sought to bridge differences over their Libya mission as the alliance chief said he’s confident a request for more attack jets will be met even after the U.S. and France rejected deploying more planes.

“We have got indications that nations will deliver what is needed,” Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters after a meeting of foreign ministers today in Berlin. “So I’m hoping that we will get the necessary assets in the very near future.” He didn’t say which countries might supply the jets.

A request by Rasmussen yesterday for “a few more precision-fighter ground-attack aircraft” to target Muammar Qaddafi’s forces was immediately turned down by the U.S. and France as the Libyan leader was shown on state television pumping his fists in the air through the open sunroof of a silver SUV in Tripoli.

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