Mark Collins – Weapons for Libyan “Government”, Maybe/Western Special Boots on Ground

Further to this post,

Oh, Oh: UK Boots on Ground in Libya?

the latest at Foreign Policy’s “Situation Report”:

Guns for Libya. Maybe. In a move that world powers have been slowly circling for months, the United States and the four other permanent U.N. Security Council members said Monday they would approve exemptions to a U.N. arms embargo on allowing military sales to Libya’s Government of National Accord. In a joint communique, the allies said that a broader embargo will remain, but they are “ready to respond to the Libyan government’s requests for training and equipping” government forces.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook on Monday said the military is taking a cautious approach, however. “We stand ready to play our role in that,” he said, “but as I am aware of at this moment, that communique was just issued and there has not been any particular marching orders to us.” The United States, Britain and France all have small groups of special operations forces­ on the ground in Libya to help local forces counter the spread of the Islamic State…

Western intervention likely to be any better second time around?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


7 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Weapons for Libyan “Government”, Maybe/Western Special Boots on Ground”

  1. More at (further links at original):

    ‘“US-Italy to Send More Arms to Libya to ‘Bolster’ Failed State”
    “US Likely to Send Small Arms, Anti-Tank Weapons to Libya”
    “Libya: U.S. Military Prepared to Support a Train and Equip Mission in Libya”
    “Italy discusses ‘friendship pact’ with Libya”
    “Libyan forces recapture main checkpoint in Misrata”
    “Libyan unity gov’t forces retake checkpoint south of Misrata -spokesman”
    “Rights group documents ISIS atrocities in Libyan city of Sirte” – “ISIS’s silent Libyan crucifixion campaign revealed” – “Why Libya could be the biggest threat to recovering oil prices” – “Libya : ISIS Executed Dozens in Newest Stronghold” – “ISIS Executes Dozens in Libya For Sorcery and Blasphemy”…’

    Deeper and deeper it looks like.

    Mark Collins

  2. Canadian Forces vs ISIS in Libya? At (further links at original):

    “Canada may play a role in any foreign intervention in Libya” – “U.S. prepares to send troops to Libya. Will Canada follow?”
    3D’s Mark Collins: “Weapons for Libyan “Government”, Maybe/Western Special Boots on Ground”
    “What ‘government’ is West really backing in Libya ?”
    “Qaddaf al Dam: Despite International Ban, Arms Make Way into Libya”
    “The Secret Strategies of Isis and Boko Haram in Libya”
    “The Libyan forces left to oust Isil on their own”
    “Is Libya headed toward peace – or more political games?”
    “Libya and the hesitation two-step”
    “Derna between Daesh and Dignity Operation”
    “Libya’s Haftar says won’t work with unity government until militias disbanded”
    “Hunt for Treasures: Libya’s Gov’t Dying to Crack Gaddafi Golden Coins Vault”..’

    Mark Collins

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