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Nato to end Libyan mission

21 October 2011

The seven-month Nato-led international military air mission in Libya is expected to end soon, following the death of colonel Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday.

A meeting will be held in Brussels today where Nato chiefs will consider wrapping up the military mission.

Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, "We will terminate our mission in coordination with the UN and the National Transitional Council."

The Guardian has reported that Nato conducted more than 26,000 air sorties, of which 10,000 involved missile strikes since 31 March 2011.

More than 3,000 vessels have been boarded to enforce the arms embargo, while UK jets conducted 2,000 attack missions.

Nato has provided air and sea cover to enforce the UN resolution 1973 to protect the people of Libya.

According to media sources, Gaddafi died of wounds received during his capture near Sirte, while other sources have claimed that he died following gunshot wounds to the head.