Italy will take part in strategic bombing raids over Libya, Premier Silvio Berlusconi has said. Berlusconi's office issued a statement after the premier spoke with US President Barack Obama, saying Italy had decided to beef up its military action to better contribute to protecting civilians.
Italy had previously said it would not take part in air strikes against Libyan targets, given its 40-year colonial rule over the country. Italian aircraft and navy ships have, however, been involved in refuelling and other operations for Nato forces.
The statement stressed that Italian air strikes would only be for "specific military objectives".
Rebels have complained that Nato-led firepower has not been sufficient to help them advance against Muammar Gaddafi's forces- eircom.net news