Western special forces linking up with Libyan militia to fight the Islamic State
While many foreign countries claim they are waiting for the UN-brokered Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) to be up and running before intervening militarily in Libya, there is already considerable foreign military intervention there.
|US Defense Secretary Ash Carter believes intervention should come after there is agreement on the GNA . Military intervention would then be approved by the GNA and would be justified:|
I’m certain they will want help and the international community will help.We fully expect that when — which we hope is soon — a government is formed in Libya, it will welcome not just the United States but the coalition.The coalition will no doubt include the UK and France — both already have special forces operating in Libya. However Carter also mentioned Italy as offering to take the lead and that the U.S. promised it would strongly support Italy. Italy has already agreed to let armed drones launch attacks on Libya from a base In Sigonella Sicily. Foreign military intervention in Libya is already well under way.
These developments signal that the ‘military approach’ to countering IS in Libya is now trumping the UN’s completely failed ‘political approach’. And yet this ‘military approach’ is being stood up before a genuine anti-ISIS coalition is formed — therein lies the big pitfall as given actors may well use arms and training from Western actors against their traditional adversaries rather than fighting ISIS.