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Nato won't return to Libya despite clashes

2012-01-27 07:47

Brussels - Nato has no intention of launching new air operations in Libya despite deadly clashes taking place in a former bastion of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the alliance chief said on Thursday.

Fighting erupted in the oasis town of Bani Walid earlier this week, three months after Nato ended its air war in Libya and declared it had accomplished its mission to protect the civilian population.

"We are not present in Libya and we have no intention to return," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference.

Rasmussen noted that the UN mandate that authorised the operation was no longer active. The seven-month Nato bombing mission crushed Gaddafi’s army, giving rebels an edge in the conflict.

"On October 31 we terminated the operation because we clearly assessed that we had done our job and done it successfully," he said. "This is also the reason why we have no intention to return. Our mission has been completed."

Libyan Defence Minister Osama Juili declared on Wednesday that Bani Walid was back under government control after Monday's violence left at least five people dead.

Comments
  • Barry - 2012-01-27 08:34

    Of course they wont come back. Oil fields are now in Western hands. Mission accomplished. Terrorists of note.

      Sasha - 2012-01-27 10:05

      Amen.

      Anthony - 2012-01-27 13:51

      @Barry, You don't give much credit to the Libyan people, do you ?? You just can't stop to insult them !!!!!

      Barry - 2012-01-27 15:26

      @Anthony... You mean the people running the country now ? 1000 times worse than Gadaffi. Sickening Western countries created this mess NOT the Libyan people

      Gerhard - 2012-01-27 16:42

      All oil ends up on the market. There never is an a priori necessity to capture the oil wells. If the US had wanted they could have bought Saddam's oil at a discount without ever going to war. Same in Libya.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 16:28

      Like in Iraq, where the Nato countries got all of TWO oil contracts? This kind of comment only comes from people who lack truer understanding and insight into the events unfolding in the Middle East. They're stupid. Yet when Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait FOR THE OIL, nothing. When Moamar Gaddafi uses oil revenues to kill, maim, detain and torture tens of thousands of Libyans, nothing. When Russia protects its investments in Syria and gives a license to kill to the UNELECTED tyrant Bashar Assad who is killing thousands of Syrians who want nothing more than THE RIGHT TO VOTE, nothing. These are people being stupid and stubborn.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-27 09:03

    Just another UN failure. They have left the country and its people worse off than if they had stayed out of it in the first place.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-27 15:36

      @Barry. What was so good about Gadhafi?

      Barry - 2012-01-27 19:41

      @Gerhard... What was so good about Gaddafi. The most literate population on the continent. Free education A-Z Free House hold Electricity. Direct benefit from the countries resources to the countries people. Now with the NATO gooks in power ?

      Fred - 2012-03-06 16:32

      Seems that the Libyan people disagreed with your view, Patrick/Barry. As did the Arab League, representing up to 350 million Muslims, who led the intervention in Libya, and Turkey, Nato's second-largest member, a country of 73 million Muslims. That you would want Libyans to not have the RIGHT TO VOTE is reprehensible. Thankfully the vast majority of Libyans decided otherwise. As did Tunisians and Egyptians. As are Syrians. No thanks to you.

  • Mfudzi - 2012-01-27 10:05

    of course NATO will come back to Libya once their strategies for resource exploitation comes under threat. wait and see!

      Fred - 2012-03-06 16:33

      Like in Iraq, where Nato countries received all of TWO oil contracts? It would be best to read up on oil tenders to see how they work.

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