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. Bill

    We will never have a true historical record of what actually happened in Libya throughout this military media psyop campaign. You're a fool if you think you were told even 1% of the truth from the Newsmedia.

    It's probably safe to say a lot of crimes were committed. More BS, same as every other foreign intervention.

    We went from War on Terror, to War on Evil Tyrants... and everyone keeps lapping it up. It's pathetic.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Its a good thing you don't work for the government,
      I dislike hearing comments made from people who have an opinion but
      shouldn't because of their lack of knowledge on the matter.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • yuh

      you are also pathetic...but we dont complain about you and your fat mouth

      October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Osama Abdallah

    Islam is the best choice for Libya. The Shariah (GOD's Divine Law) Law is the best Law! All the world sees of Islam is what the false medias like Fox Noise gives them. This is a great opportunity for Muslims to prove that Islam ruling a society will keep it conservative, moderate, and advanced (if they have the money). UAE is a good example to cite. Cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are very prosperous. Yet, they're all Muslims and under the Shariah Law.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Muslims, yes. Sharia Law, no.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Muslimnutjob

      Sharia law??

      Yeah you guys have great track record of running countries. Would you put religious police on the street to make sure every man has a beard. How about banning women from going to school or driving??

      Let's face it, most if not all Muslim countries are ass backward societies that focus on how many times a day they get on their knees, face Mecca and pray.

      Here is a suggestion, stop focusing on religion and oppressing people/controlling their lives and build a progressive society with an educated population instead of having ignorant nut jobs praying all day.

      Just a thought.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • 9944

      Islam! What a joke..Lets be real for a minute..In turth they have one goal..Kill everyone that isn't Muslim..First the jews than later on they will move to other relgions..Their socitey is one based on fear, oppresion of women, the honor killing of women and basically barbariaism..We all know this to be true even yourself..So lets end with the PC of it and speak the truth..Muslims are nutsos!

      October 27, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Thatwasthenthisisnow

      That is the biggest BS statement of the entire month. Assinine and and outright lie.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Thatwasthenthisisnow

      To: Osama the fool. You know doggone well you speak BS. Hahahaha. Good joke. Cause you gotta be joking. That is the biggest BS statement of the entire month. Assinine and and outright lie.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Or you can have a separation between church and state like the US does.
      Or have you not seen the immense difference between the US economy and the rest of the world.
      How do you think our nation became so successful ? Its a fourteen trillion dollar economy, something our world has never seen. Its up to the people really, if they want Shariah Law so be it, but ideally freedom of religion allows everyone to have respect and tolerance of one another. That's a reason why Muslims, Jews and Christians and everyone else co-exists so relatively peacefully within the US.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuh

      Dubai wont be so prosperous once your oil runs out and western money moves elsewhere. Also, they built a friggin indoor ski resort in that just shows how stupid they are over there

      October 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Kababa

      Let us hope for the best for Libya. There are educated, rational Muslims who want a secular democracy rather than a dictatorship or a theocracy. Let us support that faction of the Libyan population, but we have surely learned that invading a country is a poor method of improving it. We have to develop better techniques to help Islamic nations discover secular justice rather than religious oppression.

      Christianity was once a very oppressive religion, eager to kill non-believers and torture heretics, but Christianity outgrew that primitive point of view. Islam can do the same.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are-you-sure

      Correct me if I'm wrong...

      But isn't Islam 3 things?
      1. A religious system
      2. A political system
      3. A military system.

      A mosque can be a religious meeting place, a political meeting place, and a military meeting place.

      To take over a region (such as suburbs of Paris, France) OVER TIME, your people do 3 things.
      1. Immigrate (peacefully as a minority)
      2. Increate (large families)
      3. Eliminate (once the majority, kick out other religions)

      October 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA401

      Any law that is governed by religion is poison.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      This person is playing you – don't respond to his game.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zachmaximov

    It was an unjust act of war by the western "democracies" to kill the uncooperative foreign leader. His family, thousands of civilians became standard collateral damage. How different is this from Mexico's drug cartels enforcing their influence through horrendous murder of opponents?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      It's different because Mexico does not control western mass media like the US military does. Society can be made to believe any action is justified with enough perception management.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Westerners did not kill Ghadaffi. Libyan rebels did. Get your facts straight before speaking/posting. You'll look a lot less stupid.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      Those civilian casualties were already racking up before UN intervention. They were in an all out guerilla war. If we had actually occupied the country after the dictator was killed I would raise eye-brows. More interesting is how the country will fair with all the atrocities reportedly being used BY the LTC.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • El Kababa

      You have a short memory. Ghadafi's troops were mowing down Libyan civilians and Ghadafi ordered the hospitals closed so none of them could get medical care. Obama and most of America would have preferred NOT to get involved, but when a government starts the wholesale murder of civilians, you just can't sit there and do nothing.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      Gadhaffi was the leader of Libya, a dictator, committed genocide, and murdered anyone who disagreed with him – even cihildren were not spared. The world had always intervened in genocide – Hitler in Germany, Bosnia, remember the Hutu and Tutsi genocides in Rwanda? Mexico is not a dictatorship but has a large criminal organization of drug cartels destroying their nation. In America we have a growing business cartel being given dictatorial power by their bought-off Republican underlings. We can end our national nightmare by voting out ALL Republicans in every local, state, and national office in 2012 – thus removing all corporate control of our government and returning the power of our democracy to the PEOPLE for which this nation was created for.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JOE

    The difference between Libya and Egypt's uprisings is that in Egypt Hosni Mubarak didn't give his military the green light to attack peaceful protestors calling for democratic change but Moammar Gadhafi did and unfortunately it backfired. Furthermore, while the Egyptian people were calling for regime change, those in Libya were just calling for reform, not change of regime. But unfortunately, Gadhafi was too eager to crack down on these protesters that he resorted to military force and in the end, the peaceful protesters had no choice but to arm themselves and eventually overthrow his regime. The whole thing is sad but if only he had learned something from Hosni Mubarack he'd still be alive today.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed Sr

    Too late! The damage is done! Hooray for the new world order! They achieved victory for the al Qaeda! What a blessing!

    October 27, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. jferg

    Wow its like someone left the door to the psych ward open here

    October 27, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      You're right but you have to remember that Republicans do not support the successes of the United States. They have been well brainwashed by the Party of Hate and Lies to unpatrioticlly denounce everything good and intelligent and successful President Obama does as our LEADER who has proven himself to be a great leader when not obstructed by bitter old men of a Party stuck in the past on the same failed policies with complete embarrassments for "candidates".

      October 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |

    Killing Gadaffi. LOL. No more strikes?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. volksmaniac

    Great ! Now we will have more equipment and personnel that will be available to send into Africa . We have to reinforce our Special Forces troops that are already there . What a load off of my mind .
    Off topic , has anyone seen any coverage of Fast and Furious lately in the media ? I wonder why that is . Are they hoping we forgot about it ?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      Are you related to Michele Bachmann?? Libya IS IN Africa!

      October 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NorCalMojo

    Does this mean the UN is going to ignore the atrocities committed by the NTC?

    It's not looking good over there right now.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      You mean like how they ignored the international war crimes committed by Bush and Cheney on the illegal use of torture? We should be sending both men to the Hague for war crimes prosecution since Cheney still likes to brag about his love of using torture that gained America NOTHING but was used by Osama to recruit more terrorists to hate us.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      Give it a rest, Bev.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chrisekpo

    At least UN reaslized that the rebels were trying to misuse NATO further
    NATO invilvement in Libya was irresponsible
    As a world body they were supposed to mediate and nogotiate
    Not take sides – especially to support the rebels that are power hungary
    All the rogue rebels were with Gadaffi for many many years
    They had no courage to resign on moral grounds during the PAN AM bombing
    Now they are talking stupid morals
    I hope LIBYA collapses on their head
    Insurgence will follow. Lets see what they do with that.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      Everything you said is untrue and obviously you want Libya to fail because you are bitter President Obama has delivered yet another huge foreign policy success. Republicans root for failure – as we have seen them betray the PEOPLE with that same philosophy in our own country. They are traitors of the PEOPLE and we will remember that in 2012.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dnp

    I hope everything turns out well for all involved.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. RRMON

    Edgar Cayse said that WWIII would start in a un-stabilized Libya

    October 27, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    @ Paul, I think you are right. This new government will proablly hate the U.S. more than the former.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Beverly NC

      I guess that is why they are cheering us and thanking us for HELPING them and not occupying them and shoving our view of democracy down their throats. All new nations take time to create, build, and stablize but Libya will remember who made this freedom possible. President Obama is a hero in the other nations of the world. Only do Republicans in our own country disrespect him, tell lies about him, and in desperation even try to block people from voting for him with state voter suppression laws. We need to stop listening to the do-nothing obstructionist haters and get behind our REAL and PROVEN leader of great successes. I stand with MY President and am proud he is so respected around the world. Americans need to hold Republicans accountable for working to destroy us further for their sick political games. NO MORE REPUBLICANS in ANY local, state or national office. With these obstructionist people haters gone, America will flourish and grow and recover.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      We will not "flourish and grow and recover." We are on our way down the drain, and it's idiots like you and your little monkey president that are to blame! Why don't you go and flush yourself?

      October 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JasonP

    Obama took us from 3 wars down to 1 this week. Thanks Obama!!! 🙂

    October 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Beverly NC

    Thank you President Obama for leading this effort to help the people of Libya win their freedom. You went to the UN, to our Allies, and even to the Arab League to discuss the revolution in Libya.You led the way to gaining support and agreement that all should be involved and the UN should lead the military effort.
    This is how the new age of foreign policy should work. We are now a global society more than ever before and we should always work together to solve issues and handling military decisions. You kept American soldiers out of Libya and only as part of an Allied NATO force handling air attacks. Not one American solideir lost their life. America did not bear the sole cost of helping Libya and we were out in 6 months – not 10 years like the huge failure of Iraq.
    Republicans are arrogant, stuck in the past war mongers, who mistakenly think we will like them better if they oppose everything you do for this nation, every success you have for America, and every solution to help the People recover from the Republican-created financial disaster so great, Bush had to step in and bail out the banks so our financial system did not collapse. The banks were dishonest and did not follow the rules of how the bailout money was to be used. Not one refinanced their fraud mortgages.Not one handed out credit to small business. Not one lent money to stablizie the economy. They all dumped the bailout money to their bottom line to shore up their stock price. The result was a housing market crash, millions lost their homes to foreclosure, millions of jobs were lost, and many small businesses failed. America was losing 850K jobs a month when President Obama was sworn into office.

    President Obama saved what was left of our economy and began rebuilding it. He was honest in telling us that nearlt 10 years of failed financial actions and a huge debt were not going to be fixed overnight. He stopped a Depression from happening. He got job creation back into the positive category and we have grown jobs steadily every month since. The numbers are not large but they are growing.

    President Obama has shown we can have huge foreign policy success without waging long costly wars. He has shown our Allies will share in the effort so America is not the only one bearing all the burden. He has shown we can build trust and respect with Arab nations we help but don't occupy. Libya loves America and cheers us while Iraq hates us and wants us out of their country and thank God President Obama is bringing that fraudulent, lie of a war to an end. Our soldiers are coming home to their families and the money we have wasted there can now be spent on our own domestic needs.
    THANK YOU President Obama. We have now seen what a REAL leader does and how he can achieve great success with honor, character, and integrity AND gain the respect of the world at the same time.
    Republicans may give you no credit and tell their lies and spread their hate but the American People stand with OUR President and will get rid of these do-nothing, destructive Republicans in Congress come 2012. Their so-called "candidates" are a complete embarrassment. We will ignore them and keep working with you and the Democrats on SOLID solutions for JOBS and ECONOMIC RECOVERY for We the People. We stand with YOU.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • George, nigeria.

      Thx beverly. I thought most americans were blind to the saboteuring and distracting effort by the republicans in regards obama's policies but never knew they were observant types like u. THANK U

      October 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
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