France and Britain are deploying attack helicopters to strike Gaddafi forces, top French ministers said.
This indicates a shift in tactics two months into NATO's air war in Libya.
NATO says it has seriously degraded Gaddafi's military machine with a relentless onslaught from combat jets, but it has yet to deliver the death blow to the regime, which still stands in Tripoli while rebels control the east.
The helicopters, a weapon that has yet to be used by NATO in Libya, will help the Western alliance strike regime military assets hidden in urban areas while avoiding civilian casualties, the French ministers said.
Al Jazeera's Will Jordan has the details.
Source: Al Jazeera