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Germany pulls some from forces from NATO command

Germany pulls some from forces from NATO command

Germany is withdrawing ships and air crews in the Mediterranean Sea from various long-running NATO operations following the military alliance's decision to enforce a U.N. arms embargo on Libya.
Berlin isn't participating in the operation to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and abstained on the U.N. resolution authorizing it.
Because of the risk of getting drawn in, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday Germany was putting two ships and two smaller boats with a total of some 550 sailors in the Mediterranean back under national command.
It also is pulling out between 60 and 70 German airmen from NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft involved in Operation Active Endeavor, in which the alliance monitors and escorts shipping across the Mediterranean to deter terrorist activity.