NATO chief Stoltenberg admits NATO has destroyed Libya but fails to accept responsibility

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NATO chief admits efforts to stabilize post-Gaddafi Libya failed


Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

NATO’s chief has admitted that efforts to stabilize Libya after its bombing campaign helped to oust the Gaddafi regime in 2011 failed. But responsibility lies with the international community and new Libyan authorities, Jens Stoltenberg believes.

Speaking to the media after a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers in Turkey, Jens Stoltenberg said: “The challenge was that after the military operation has ended, the efforts to try to stabilize the country did not succeed.”

In 2011, NATO countries started a military operation against the regime of Libya’s leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The stated goal of the campaign was to protect the country’s civilians, following a wave of protests against Gaddafi’s 40-year-long rule.

As a result of the seven months of airstrikes and other support for the uprising against Gaddafi, he was ousted from power and…

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