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Kerry: Prepare but Don't Yet Implement No-fly Zone

Sunday, 06 Mar 2011 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. and its allies should plan for a no-fly zone over Libya.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry says the no-fly zone shouldn't go into operation without an international agreement. The Massachusetts senator says he doesn't see a no-fly zone as stepping over the line into military intervention.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said a no-fly zone is tantamount to going to war because it would call for attacking Libya's air defenses. But Kerry tells "Face the Nation" on CBS that taking out runways and airports could be an effective tactic short of what Gates described.

Kerry says that moving against Libya's air force should be considered only as a response to attacks on civilians by embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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