TRIPOLI, Libya – NATO Rear Adm. Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the alliance’s operation in Libya, said Friday that NATO warplanes may indeed have hit rebel forces near the town of Brega on Thursday but offered no apology for what was apparently a deadly mistake.
The secretary-general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has issued a statement of regret over the rebel deaths apparently caused by the NATO airstrikes outside Brega.
“This is a very unfortunate incident. I strongly regret the loss of life,” Fogh Rasmussen said.
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