NATO chief to push nations to help in Libya

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will use Wednesday's meeting of defense ministers to demand more allies step up in the fight against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that the three-month extension of the Libya mission decided last week has raised the question of using fresh assets from NATO nations which have yet to participate to their full potential.

He did not mention specific nations but said he would make it a "focus" of the two-day NATO defense ministerial opening Wednesday at alliance headquarters in Brussels. Britain and France have been heavily involved since the mission started two months ago.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the damaging or destroying of 1,800 military targets so far has degraded the power of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi to the extent that he will certainly be forced from power.

Fogh Rasmussen said Monday some 100 command and control center have been successfully targeted, on top of over 700 ammunition stores and almost 500 tanks, armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers.

He said he is confident that people across Libya can now start preparing a future without Gadhafi.