WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is taking the next step in military operations against Libya by transferring command and control of the no-fly zone to NATO.

Clinton says all 28 nations in the alliance agreed Thursday to protect Libyan civilians, enforce the U.N. arms embargo on the North African country and support humanitarian aid efforts there.

She also praised the United Arab Emirates for becoming the second Arab country after Qatar (GUH’-tur) to send planes to help the mission. The U.A.E. will deploy 12 planes.

Clinton said she will travel to London next week to coordinate the strategy and military operation against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.

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