Libya Asks NATO For Defense Help

DW: Libya requests NATO assistance to bolster security institutions

Libya’s UN-backed government asked for help following a shift to fighting international terrorism. Libya has been in crisis since a 2011 civil war let the so-called “Islamic State” gain a foothold in the nation.

Libya formally requested the help of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to help strengthen Libyan security institutions, according to NATO head Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg told reporters on Thursday that the alliance was looking into exactly what could be done to help the war-stricken nation, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 toppling of leader Moammar Gadhafi. Following the civil war and the ensuing power vacuum competing governments and militias vied for power.

“Libya needs that framework to be able to develop the forces and stabilize the country,” Stoltenberg said, though he did not detail when that effort might start or what it might entail.


WNU Editor: Today is also the sixth anniversary of the start of the Libya revolution against Ghaddafi …. Sixth Anniversary of Libyans’ 17 February Revolution (Libya Observer)

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