The US and several of its allies have condemned the takeover of four oil terminals in Libya by the country’s rival administration, calling for an immediate withdrawal. Those behind the seized ports say the move was necessary to protect the nation’s wealth.
Libyan National Army forces loyal to a controversial eastern Libyan commander have seized all three of Libya’s oil ports, ruining the plans of the Tripoli-based UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to put them back into operation.
Even in election season the US public is in a media blackout on anything that might embarrass Hillary Clinton, including allegations she could have exacerbated wars where Americans lost their lives, says media analyst Lionel.
Further US bombing in Libya will create, and is creating right now in Syria, far more civilian casualties, far more destruction of the infrastructure, says Sara Flounders, head of the anti-war activist group the International Action Centre.
Authorities have confirmed that French troops are fighting Islamist militia alongside government forces in Libya. The announcement comes after three French soldiers were killed during an intelligence-gathering mission in the North African country.
Over the past three weeks, it has emerged that British special forces are now in direct combat roles in Libya and Syria. Ostensibly there to fight ISIS, the real goal is to prevent the Syrian and Libyan armies defeating ISIS by themselves.