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Libya - Aug 23, 2011 - 01:16

Last modified: 22 Aug 2011 22:16

Data released by the Pentagon on Monday shows that the final Libyan rebel push into Tripoli was preceded by an upswing in US air strikes, including by unmanned Predator drones.

The Pentagon said there were a total of 38 air strikes from August 10 - 22, or an average of about three a day.

That compares to a total of 224 strikes from April 1 to August 10, an average of about one and a half a day.

The Pentagon spent about $896m through the end of July on the Libya campaign, a figure that includes daily military operations and munitions used, as well as humanitarian assistance.

The US has also sold allies about $221m worth of ammunition, repair parts, fuel and technical assistance from the start of the Libya mission until August 19, it said.

The Pentagon said it has so far spent half of the $25m authorized for non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels, including military food rations and other supplies, like boots, tents, uniforms and personal protective gear.

The US military has not provided weapons or other "lethal" support to Libyan rebels, officials say. - Reuters