Norway Announces Withdrawal From Libya Campaign

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday asked five NATO members (Germany, Spain, Poland, Turkey and the Netherlands) to boost their contributions in the air campaign against Muammar Qaddafi’s government in LIbya. U.S. officials even singled out Denmark and Norway for “punching above their weight.” However, Norway announced today that “it will scale down its fighter jet contribution in Libya from six to four planes and withdraw completely from the NATO-led operation by August 1.”