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. Andreas Moser

    Mission accomplished!

    October 27, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Why are Gas in the US still Raising ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Libya laeder and Iraq leader Gone ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Let's see Opium ????? !

      October 27, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Andreas Moser

    But one wishes that Libyans' priorities were a bit different:

    October 27, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jordan scene

    So who's going to pick up the tab now that this whole expensive NATO party has come to an end? I'm sure some of the oil giants wouldnt mind helping out in Libya ow that the military action will be ceased

    October 27, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    awww...but Libya's NTC asked for another two months of bombings until christmas. This means they don't get more air support to kill people they don't like?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ct

    Remember when the mission was just to protect civilians?? You are only a civilian if you think EXACTLY like the guy with the biggest gun

    October 27, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • parkmore

      That's true. We went to war to help barbaric and uneducated animal. The question is the cost is more that $500 billions, I don't my taxes to pay for killing or helping killing and assassinate people. I think Algeria did a wonderful job by keeping Gaddafi's family.
      By the way, the new government is 100% of people who worked for Gaddafi. Where is the change?
      I was Democrat but next time I will vote Rep

      October 27, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. JOE

    A job well done! This is the first time in NATO's history that it has met all of its required responsibilities since its inception in 1949. Thank you!

    October 27, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • JollyJimmy

      "Required responsibilities"? Sorry, I thought NATO was founded as a self defense organization? How does this mission fit into the the purpose of self defense (of NATO members!). May be I am missing something here or just don't have the required clearance level, but I hadn't heard anything about "brother Muammar" attacking territory of NATO members.
      (Disclaimer: This is not at all meant to be a negative statement about this NATO mission)

      October 27, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. MRockie1

    The United States and it's NATO allies are on a world tour. Go around bombing countries and trying to place puppet governments to do your bidding. Try doing that to CHINA or IRAN, they will send you all to hell. VIV HAITI, VIV VENEZULA, VIV CUBA, VIV IRAN.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      NATO is attack every small Country not big giant Country ! This's call of World in new order to this 21century !

      October 27, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. closetiguana

    What? No "mission accomplished" sign? What a let down.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. banks

    Make sure the rest of Africans in not so dark libya don't end up hand cuffed and shot in the head because they were darker. They have convently missed that so far. Well maybe not that's UN's view of Africa anyway

    October 27, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    Thanks NATO. Now they can install a government radically more evil than the former. Islam and democracy are not compatible.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. michaelfury

    "Reporters were also taken to Sabratha hospital some 10 kilometres from Sorman, where an AFP correspondent saw nine bodies, including two children. They also saw body parts including a child’s head.

    Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO operations in Libya, insisted the military was targeted.

    'This strike will greatly degrade Kadhafi regime forces’ ability to carry on their barbaric assault against the Libyan people,' said Bouchard."

    October 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. sjdsh

    How many Dead NOW?? No mention of That =60,000+ 2mil homeless & strict Sharia Law enforcers

    October 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. charms

    what will happen the day Russia and China band up to prevent NATO/US from invading a smaller country? That will be Armageddon then right? cos Russia has far more nukes than we do. China has the numbers.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. michaelfury

    October 27, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. fools

    This is a blur on sovereignty of nations with UN starting to show enforcement power on certain issues or countries. cant have a NWO with sovereign countries.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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