Story Text: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday (April 15) he had indications that allies would provide extra strike aircraft needed for the operation in Libya.
"We have got indications that nations will deliver what is needed ... I'm hopeful that we will get the necessary assets in the very near future," he told a news conference at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.
Britain and France have urged other NATO allies to provide more strike aircraft to increase the coalition's ability to hit ground targets in Libya.
Rasmussen also announced that the NATO-Russia Council Helicopter Maintenance Trust Fund for Afghanistan was now operational and that Germany would act as leading nation.
"This is good news for the NATO-Russia council. We are tackling together the challenge of stabilising Afghanistan but most importantly of course, this is good news for Afghanistan," he said.
The trust fund provides maintenance and repair capacity to the Afghan security forces' helicopter fleet. It is jointly funded by NATO allies and Russia.
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