UK MPs slam Cameroon over Libya chaos

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Page Title -

TRIPOLI — A UK par­lia­men­tary re­port has found that the in­ter­ven­tion by Bri­tain and France to over­throw Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi in 2011 di­rectly led to the rise of the Is­lamic State in the re­gion, BBC re­ports.

Then UK prime min­is­ter David Cameron par­tic­u­larly came in for crit­i­cism from the re­port by the for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee who ac­cused him of launch­ing an air cam­paign based on in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. The com­mit­tee sug­gested that Cameron along with France’s in­ter­ven­tion wors­ened the cri­sis in Libya as it re­sulted in the rise of the so-called Is­lamic State.

The cam­paign of air and mis­sile strikes against Gaddafi’s forces came af­ter he threat­ened to at­tack the rebel held city of Beng­hazi.

Libya, how­ever, de­scended into po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence af­ter Gaddafi was over­thrown, with the emer­gence of hun­dreds of war­ring mili­tias, with the Is­lamic State also know as Isil and Daesh ris­ing to promi­nence. “The pos­si­bil­ity that mil­i­tant ex­trem­ist groups would at­tempt to ben­e­fit from the re­bel­lion should not have been the pre­serve of hind­sight. UK strat­egy was founded on er­ro­neous as­sump­tions and an in­com­plete un­der­stand­ing of the ev­i­dence,” the com­mit­tee said.

Libya’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised par­lia­ment re­cently voted no con­fi­dence in a UN-backed unity govern­ment, in a blow to ef­forts to end the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal chaos. The govern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord led by Sar­raj is strug­gling to as­sert its author­ity in Libya.

The north African coun­try de­scended into chaos af­ter the 2011 revo­lu­tion that top­pled and killed Gaddafi, with ri­val au­thor­i­ties vy­ing for con­trol of the coun­try. More than 2.4 mil­lion peo­ple in Libya are in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, the UN said.

Barack Obama says the big­gest mis­take of his pres­i­dency was the lack of plan­ning for the af­ter­math of the fall of late Libyan leader.

Re­flect­ing on his legacy in a Fox News in­ter­view aired on Sun­day, Obama said his “worst mis­take” was “prob­a­bly fail­ing to plan for the day af­ter what I think was the right thing to do in in­ter­ven­ing in Libya.” — FP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.