What percent of NATO strikes in Libya were carried out by the U.S.?
photo taken shows a leaflet air dropped by NATO forces over the Libyan capital Tripoli, on July 19, 2011. The leaflet reads in Arabic, 'Warning: For your safety leave your position and your arms and return to your homes. Stop the attacks against Libyan citizens or you will be exposed to destruction.' (Getty Images)
August 22nd, 2011
02:08 PM ET

What percent of NATO strikes in Libya were carried out by the U.S.?

By Jorge Benitez, Atlantic Council

Eight nations participated in strike sorties in NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya. These nations are the US, France, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and Norway.

However, there are now only seven nations conducting strike sorties because Norway withdrew its aircraft as of August 1. Britain contributed four additional fighters to help offset the loss of the Norwegian jets. The US has also recently increased its contribution of aircraft and armed Predator UAVs. The U.S. and Germany have also provided bombs to allies with low stockpiles.

Aircraft from other countries, such as Sweden, Qatar, and the Netherlands, are participating in other missions such as enforcing the no-fly and surveillance, but are not involved in combat missions in Libya.

Read: NATO activities in Libya on August 21.

NATO discloses each day the total number of collective sorties flown in the previous 24 hours and the total of all sorties since the start of OUP, but it does not break it down into national contributions. Such national details can only be found sporadically and from different sources.  National levels of strike sorties flown have fluctuated since NATO took over military operations in Libya on March 31, 2011. The following information matches each country’s most recent number of strike sorties to the number of total strike sorties by that date.

France:  33%, approximately 2,225 strike sorties (out of 6,745 total sorties by August 4)

U.S.:  16%, 801 strike sorties, (out of 5,005 strike sorties by June 30)

Denmark:  11%, dropped 705 bombs (out of the 7,079 missions by August 11)

Britain:  10%, 700 strike sorties (out of 7,223 total sorties by August 15)

Canada:  10%, approximately 324 strike sorties (based on 3,175 NATO strike sorties by May 25)

Italy:  10% (Not applicable until April 27 when Italy committed 4 Tornados for strike sorties)

Norway:  10%, 596 strike sorties (out of the 6,125 missions by August 1, no longer active)

Belgium:  8th ally participating in combat missions, no public data available on number of strike sorties

Read: Collapse of Gadhafi's defenses startles NATO.

Topics: Libya • NATO • United States

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Onesmallvoice

    What difference does it make anyway? Those filthy butchers are slaughtering Libyan people no matter which country they're from! Besides, the worst terrorists of all are those who fly in planes in the skies above since it's always they who slaughter the majority of the people because they always carry a far greater payload!

    August 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Don't close the report yet! It's not yet over! Syria will be the next target! By the end of 2011 we will have a more impressive report.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  3. CadronBoy

    Absolutely sickening that the US has participated in this blood fest - I am appalled and embarassed. Given the many thousands of bombs and missles dropped on Libya how dare they even claim this military action was for "humanitarian purposes"! The loss of life continues as we continue to bomb the country to smithereens. As Obama's pastor would say - &^$% America!

    September 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
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  6. thenolank

    Here is a complete, detailed, and translated compilation of all the NATO leaflets used in Libya:


    November 10, 2012 at 3:42 am | Reply

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