TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - NATO's top official is praising the Libyans for their "courage, determination and sacrifice" to oust dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and says they have transformed Libya and "helped change the region."
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he is "proud of the part NATO played" in helping the Libyan revolutionaries.
Fogh Rasmussen is in Tripoli to mark the end of the alliance's 7-month campaign over Libya, which played a key role in ousting Gadhafi. The NATO mission ends at midnight Monday Libyan time (2200 GMT, 6 p.m. EDT).
Last week, the U.N. the U.N. Security Council - which authorized the mission in March - ordered an end to all military action in Libya.
Allied air forces carried out 9,600 strike sorties in the past seven months, destroying about 5,900 military targets.
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