London: MPs attack Cameron over Libya 'collapse'

    London: MPs attack Cameron over Libya 'collapse'

    Sept.14, London: A UK parliamentary report has severely criticised the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

    The foreign affairs committee accused the then PM David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign.

    It said the intervention had not been "informed by accurate intelligence", and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa.

    The UK government said it had been an international decision to intervene.

    The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorised by the UN Security Council, the Foreign Office added.

    An international coalition led by Britain and France launched a campaign of air and missile strikes against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in March 2011 after the regime threatened to attack the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

    But after Gaddafi was toppled, Libya descended into violence, with rival governments and the formation of hundreds of militias, while so-called Islamic State, also known as Isil, has gained a foothold.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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