Cameron and Libya ‘collapse’: lots of criticism from MPs

Last Updated: September 14, 2016
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David Cameron was severely criticised by the MPs for his decision over Lybia. The consequences of this political short-sightseeing are dramatic, say recent UK parliamentary report. A joint intervention by Britain and France led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The former Prime Minister David Cameron was accused by the Foreign Affairs Committee for his unwise decision to intervene into Lybia in 2011. The parliamentary Committee’s report 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.

According to Cameron, it wasn’t his personal decision but an international one. The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorised by the UN Security Council, reminds the Foreign Office in its defence.

In March 2011, an international coalition led by Britain and France launched an air campaign against Gaddafi’s forces. After, Libya descended into violence, with rival governments and the formation of hundreds of jihadists, while so-called Islamic State, has gained a foothold.

In its report, the Committee noted that 2011 UK government’s strategy was erroneous:

“The possibility that militant extremist groups would attempt to benefit from the rebellion should not have been the preserve of hindsight.”

Emily Thornberry condemned the former PM, saying that Cameron’s actions ignored the “warnings of experts in the region” and left disastrous consequences for Libya.

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