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.
Intervention in Libya and the removing of Gaddafi was the most ill- conceived step taken by the EU, said Prof. Kees van der Pijl from Sussex University. Now Europe is in an almost impossible situation trying to cope with the refugee crisis, he added.
World powers’ decisions to provide weapons to Libya's unity government may lead to negative consequences as the arms will likely be used not only against ISIS but against all other sides, says Marko Gasic, an international affairs commentator.
Part of the conflict is that there is still a competition over the Libyan resources, which was one of the main causes behind this conflict and intervention, Edmund Ghareeb, Professor of Middle East history and politics at the American University, told RT.
With Libya suffering dire economic problems, a stash of golden and silver coins worth $184 million locked in a Gaddafi-era vault in the eastern city of Beyda could be worth its weight in gold. The snag is, the local officials don’t have the code.