The Obama administration is planning to launch a third front against the Islamic State in Libya. The U.S. is increasing intelligence-gathering activities as a prelude to the intervention.
|A New York Times editorial writes that the significant U.S. escalation is being planned before any meaningful debate on the issue in Congress. The campaign is expected to include airstrikes and raids by U.S. special forces. Reports indicate that some troops from several countries have landed already in eastern Libya. Several western countries have planned intervention in Libya from as long ago as last August. Britain, France, and Italy are expected to help out with the US operations. Most countries plan on waiting for the establishment of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA). However, before it can begin operation it must have a vote of confidence from the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR) in Tobruk.|
That is deeply troubling. A new military intervention in Libya would represent a significant progression of a war that could easily spread to other countries on the continent. It is being planned as the American military burrows more deeply into battlegrounds in Syria and Iraq, where American ground troops are being asked to play an increasingly hands-on role in the fight.The present authorization for the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is based upon a 2001 law that allowed the U.S. to take action against those associated with the September 11 attacks. There does not seem much appetite for giving any fresh authorization. A debate over the issue might bring into question whether the anti-IS campaign was successful or should even be continuing as it is. The White House position is that it would be "nice" if Congress gave authorization for an extension of the campaign against the Islamic State into Libya but not necessary. There are a number of reports about the new plans suggesting that perhaps the public are being prepared for what may happen within a couple of weeks. There are more reports in The Hill and also on CNN. as well as Defenceweb.