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“No decision on anything,” a senior NATO diplomat said.

Negotiating sessions this week ended with bitter disputes and walkouts. Norway delayed its participation in the operation, and Italy threatened to withdraw the use of their air bases, which are being used by U.S. planes.

Turkey, the only Muslim nation in NATO, opposes assuming command of the air war because of concern about civilian casualties.

Germany, which opposes the no-fly zone, pulled its naval forces that included AWACS surveillance operations out of NATO military operations in the Mediterranean to prevent them from being used in the Libyan operation.

Bill Gertz contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.