Security Council removing mandate for Libya military action
A crew member working for NATO's Airborne Warning and Control System monitors NATO aircraft during a mission over Libya in July.
October 27th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Security Council removing mandate for Libya military action

[Updated at 12:01  p.m. ET] The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday removing its mandate for military intervention, effectively ending the NATO mission in Libya, as of October 31.

Last week, senior NATO officials agreed to a preliminary end date of October 31 for the alliance's seven-month Libya mission. NATO ministers gave preliminary approval to that plan.

But U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week that Libya's National Transitional Council wanted NATO to stick around until it could establish governance.

However, Libyan Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 15-member council Wednesday that the Libyan people were looking forward to ending the NATO mission.

While Libyans were grateful for the international community's support, he said, such measures felt like an infringement of Libya's sovereignty.

The Security Council in March passed a resolution mandating the protection of Libya's civilian population as military forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi advanced on a rebel stronghold in eastern Libya. Within days of the Security Council's decision, NATO forces were engaged in action by air and sea.

The operation relied on three main prongs - implementing a no-fly zone, enforcing an arms embargo and taking action to protect civilians and civilian areas under threat of attack.

Since March 31, some 9,634 strike sorties, where targets are identified or hit, are among 26,000 sorties to have been conducted, NATO said Friday.

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  1. saywhat

    @ banasy

    second that.
    There are a couple more posts here touting NATO & us as Saviors. Oh! for chrissake get off of your high horses. Greed, dubious geo-political agenda, the good ol' power game, dunked in the thick sticky sauce of 'liberating people' , 'human rights' , 'self defence' and such , in a batter of UN Security Council ( read US & NATO) blessing. The world has been munching on this for the past decade.

    October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Thank you, saywhat. I couldn't have said it better myself as nothing could be closer to the truth!!!

      October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. denise

    @ jim, you lousy SOB, hope fall into a man hole while texting!

    October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    CNN.
    Why is it that when I write up a detailed listing of all President Obama's
    FAILURES you never let it POST in Comments.CNN will do anything to keep the President in a good light so he can be reelected again.CNN is totaly bais in favor of President Obama.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Quite true Frank, quite true. It seems that CNN will do almost anything to get this thug Obama reelected next year. Obama has so far been quite a worthless President!!!

      October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Frank:
    This blog has no live moderators.
    It has word filters to screen out certain words, but not political affiliations.
    It's something in the way you wrote it.

    October 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Banasy,
      You have been POSTING for a while,if what you say is true why have I seem a banner above my comments that says"Your comments await moderation" and who is Mallory Simon who is mentoined in the Blog description?

      October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    This so-called UN "mandate" should never have been written in the first place. It looks like the right-wing thugs in Washington again managed to pay off people in high places at the U.N. and that's disgusting as can be!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john dahodi

    Subject: FW: The Gaddafi: Truth they are not telling us about, read…….

    The media has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators I will refrain from naming them has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators who just talk and talk.

    I consider Libyans lucky to a certain extent and one wonders with the new democratic rule they cry for will it improve or worsen life for them. Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?

    Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

    Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya

    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion

    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
    Which other dictator has done much good to his people besides

    Not even democratic countries give that??

    October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      John,
      Unfortunately, Col G. ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 also the night club in Germany killed Americans.His fate with the United States was sealed with those 2 acts.He, as we now know was not considered a "Dear Leader" like he thought he was.It was a Libyan who shot him in the head and killed him.He deserved the justice that was dealt to him

      October 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry John, I never posted the above. There is no evidence that Mohammar Qadaffy ordered the bombing of any night club in Germany or elsewhere. However, the Libyans do have a strong enough motive for the Lockerbie bombing back in 1988 and that motive in the April 11,1986 wanton bombing of two Libyan cities ordered by Ronald Reagan is it! There are always two sides to every story!

      October 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iheke Iheke esq

    The problem now is the ability of NTC to hold the various ethnic groups together, otherwise this will be the beginning of another WAR

    October 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Juba

    Here that for you waits in Libya!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lorne

    Please go on and tell us a bit about what happens to Libyans who wish to have greater freedoms and a real government. Gaddafi was a murderous tyrant who killed an awful lot of Libyans who weren't a member of his tribe or who expressed views contrary to the Leader.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Do you suggest that Gaddafi was not similar to the historic coward Bush, who falsified elections, became a tyrannical Dictator, destroyed the American economy, ran down a Gopher hole when 9/11 went off, attacked and pillaged Iraq, attempted the same in Afghanistan, and failed, spent $ Trillions on intelligence imbeciles, who eventually had to be told by the Pakistani ISI that they were guilty of 9/11-after laughing at them for ten years.
    Yeah sure, that Qaddafi was a bad man indeed, he wouldn't give his countries' money to the US...so they finangled a war, as usual, to rob the country.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    And if Americans were receiving the financial benefits which Libyans were getting, they would not be homeless and hungry, living in Bins and tents, all the while being attacked by Police filth.

    January 11, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
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