UN Ends NATO Libya Mission

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift the no-fly zone over Libya at the end of this month, a move that will simultaneously terminate the mandate for NATO's mission in the North African country.

NATO unexpectedly postponed a definite decision to end its bombing campaign in Libya as consultations continued Wednesday with the U.N. and the country’s interim government over how and when to wind down the operation.

The demise of Moammar Gaddafi — and the liberation of the Libyan people from more than 40 years of tyranny — demonstrates the powerful forces for change that are reshaping the Arab world. It also highlights the unique and irreplaceable value of U.S. leadership of strong alliances.