Belgium forces to ready for combat against Libya Monday

09:27, March 21, 2011      

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The Belgian fighter jets and a minesweeper will be ready for military actions against Libya on Monday, as Belgian defense chief warned Sunday that the international military operation could cause a large number of casualties.

Belgium has promised to contribute eight Belgian F-16 fighter-bombers and a minesweeper to the international military operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

A senior Belgian military official, quoted by the Belga news agency, announced Sunday that the jets, which have arrived at Araxos air base in Greece, would be ready for combat on Monday.

A total of 200 Beglian military staff will join the mission, the official said.

Meanwhile, Belgian Defense Minister Pieter De Crem told Belgian radio that "the ultimate goal is to topple the Gaddafi regime and establish a dignified society for the Libyan people."

However, he warned that the military operation could take a long period of time and cause heavy casualties.

"We can't exclude a large number of casualties in this operation ... There are of course going to be risks associated with this mission," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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