Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 23:53 GMT
Jets return after 'successful' mission
Harrier crews are confident of hitting targets in the second wave
RAF jets have returned safely after a second night of Nato air strikes on Yugoslavia.
Nato officials were quoted as saying all allied aircraft had returned safely to their bases following Thursday night's action.
More Tomahawk Cruise missiles fired from warships in the Adriatic were also involved, with reports suggesting a much greater number than in the first wave of bombing.
The focus of the RAF attacks is expected to change from air defence systems to increased bombing of Serbian military units on the ground.
He was prevented from saying how many British jets were involved but believed it was "just the first wave of what is going to be a multi-wave attack" on targets in Serbia and Kosovo.
The fresh strikes were confirmed by US defence spokesman Ken Bacon.
Prime Minister Tony Blair promised that attacks will continue while Yugoslavia remains defiant over Kosovo.
Nato sources in Brussels are warning that their job has only just begun and the attacks may go on for days.
PM to make TV broadcast
Mr Blair plans to make a nationwide television broadcast on Friday evening to argue the case for military action.
Labour peer Lord Jenkins of Putney has resigned the party whip in the House of Lords in protest as the action which he said was "criminal barbarity".
But as the planes took off, Foreign Office minister Tony Lloyd said that Nato's resolve to achieve its stated objectives was "absolute".
"I don't believe that there's any doubt amongst all the Nato states that we have to continue this action until we have achieved the objectives we have set out for ourselves," he said.
Mr Lloyd said the responsibility for bringing an end to the attacks lay squarely with the Yugoslav president.
"We all want an end to this military conflict, but it's only Milosevic who can take the decisions that will put it to an end."
Why pilots turned back
Six Harriers took part in the first round of air strikes, but only one dropped a bomb, which fell short of its target. The others turned back to the base with their bombs still on board.
"If we can't hit the target we do not want to start slinging our bombs around and creating collateral damage," he said.
"Because of explosions, fire and smoke caused by the first two waves, our Harriers had difficulty seeing and maintaining lock on their targets," he said at a Ministry of Defence news conference.