NATO Announces End to Libya Campaign
NATO vowed it would end its controversial Libya campaign, concluding seven months of operations aimed at ousting Gadhafi. “We have fully complied with the historic mandate of the United Nations to protect the people of Libya,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement. NATO members decided to end the campaign after the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to end the mandate for military action.
Libya’s National Transitional Council (TNC) requested that NATO stay through the end of the year and “delay making its decision to leave until the TNC had assessed whether it would need NATO’s help securing its borders.” Ivo Daalder, the US Ambassador to NATO, noted “that NATO will move to an “over-watch role over Lybia to make sure that there are no threats to civilians or attacks on civilians.”