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NATO may continue Libya bombing during Ramadan

NATO may continue Libya bombing during Ramadan

NATO says its warplanes may continue bombing Libya during Ramadan if Moammar Gadhafi's forces attack rebel-held areas during the holy month.
NATO spokesman Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken said Tuesday the alliance would wait and see whether pro-Gadhafi units cease their operations during Ramadan, which starts around Aug. 1. If they don't "then I think it would be highly appropriate to continue to use the mandate that NATO has to protect those lives," he said.
The Western alliance is operating under a U.N. mandate that allows the use of force to protect civilians.
NATO is worried that bombing a Muslim nation during the monthlong period of prayer, reflection and sunrise-to-sunset fasts could provoke a public backlash in the Islamic world.