Britain says no decision on helicopters for Libya

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Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain had not yet decided whether to send Apache helicopter gunships to target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi's Libya regime.

It has been widely reported that Britain is to join France in sending army choppers to join the NATO campaign against Kadhafi and to protect civilians in the besieged rebel-held city of Misrata.

But, speaking after one-on-one talks with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the G8 summit in the French resort of Deauville, Cameron was cautious.

"We are looking at ways to turn up the pressure, including helicopters. When we are ready to make an announcement we'll make an announcement," he said.

Britain and France between them account for the majority of air strikes carried out by coalition forces against Kadhafi's troops.

NATO says it has seriously degraded Kadhafi's military machine with air strikes from combat jets, but helicopters would help the alliance strike regime assets hidden in urban areas.

© 2011 AFP

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