31 October 2011

NATO's "Mission" to Libya Ends Today

NATO is picking Halloween to officially end its Libya "mission".

After seven months of an aerial bombing campaign that helped depose longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, NATO officially ends its mission in Libya on Monday.
NATO's move comes after the United Nations Security Council last week rescinded its March mandate for military intervention to protect civilians targeted during anti-regime protests.
"Libyans have now liberated their country. And they have transformed the region," said NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday. "This is their victory."
"Our operation for Libya will end on October 31. Until then, together with our partners, we will continue to monitor the situation. And if needed, we will continue to respond to threats to civilians," Rasmussen said.

Just out of curiosity, what was the mission? Anyone ever see a mission statement on NATO ops in Libya? I seem to recall it started with some sort of "preventing atrocities" something-or-other. By the end, we were close-air-support for the NTC. Mission creep anyone? Seriously, though - if anyone can find a real, honest-to-goodness, no-shit missions statement for NATO in Libya, please share.

Just as a reminder... we've asked similar questions before.

By: Brant

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