Gates presses US allies to do more against Libya

June 8, 2011 - 12:15 PM
Belgium NATO Libya

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives for a round table meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will use the two-day meeting of defense ministers to demand more allies step up in the fight against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Robert Gates is prodding five allies to share more of the burden of the NATO-led air campaign against Libya.

The officials say that so far, none of them is committed to doing more.

Officials say Gates used his final NATO meeting before he steps down as Pentagon chief to press Germany and Poland to join the military intervention, and ask Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands to contribute to strike missions against ground targets.

The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting of the alliance's defense ministers Wednesday in Belgium.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has pledged to fight to the death, and Western officials can't say how long the nearly three-month campaign will have to continue.