The British government has waved away criticism of its intervention in Libya in 2011, voiced in the report by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in September. It argues the involvement helped save civilian lives and weaken extremist militant groups.
Muammar Gaddafi was a stabilizing force in Libya and the civil war there is continuing causing deaths and suffering for people because the masterminds of his removal from power had no plan on what to do after his death, experts say.
In the 42 years that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya, Western views went from considering him a cartoon villain to believing him a model of international conduct – and back to villain again, when the West backed an armed rebellion against him.
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.