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Posted On: 23 March 2011 09:17 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar fighter jets land at Greek base

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Two Qatari fighter jets and two C-17 transport aircraft expected to participate in the no-fly zone over Libya landed in Crete yesterday, a Greek defence ministry official said. US Admiral Samuel Locklear told reporters in Washington that Qatari aircraft would be “up and flying” by the weekend. European and US forces have sent warplanes against Libyan targets under a UN Security Council resolution and Western officials have said that Qatari aircraft would join the operation enforcing a no-fly zone. “Two Mirage fighter jets and two C-17 transport aircraft from Qatar have landed at the military base in Souda,” the defence ministry official said. Four other Qatari Mirage were expected at Souda but it was not clear when they would arrive, the official said. The UAE have also requested refuelling at Souda base for 12 F-16 jets and 12 Mirage jets on their way to Sicily, the official said, adding that none has arrived yet. Reuters