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. WDinDallas

    Great job NATO, you are leaving an Islamic regime behind with Sharia law. Big success you dummies.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      just because the temps say they are going to be based on sharia law doesn't mean they will be.Its one small group.I do not believe the people will blindly give up the freedoms they had before,and what the people died for.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      Wasn't that always the plan? Government always creates a problem so that people complain and the government is forced to make a solution. Thus more liberties are removed.

      If NATO didn't intervene, then Libya (while it would still have its problems) would still be a sovereign African nation with a government and infrastructure. Now its just more Muslim riffraff.

      NATO nations WANT the Islamic Brotherhood. If they didn't they could have solved the problem with two bombs. One for Mecca and one for Medea. Islam would end overnight because Allah would NEVER allow those placed to be destroyed.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Emile Porselli

    Let's just look at the facts how they are, It is estimated that over 35000 people have been killed, 50000 have been wounded, many amputees, thousands of homes been destroyed in the Libyan confilct, Clearly this mostly a result of NATO's involvement to obviously change the regime , even though they tried always to hide behind pretext that they were there solely to protect the civilains. If we look at Syria there have been about 2500 deaths, way less than in LIBYA, obviously because there has been no NATO involement there. Does anyone really think the Gaddafi regine would have kiiled over 30000 people when they would have tried to recapure Bengadzi. Most likely scenario a few hundred extremists would died and the rest surrendered. How would one explain the fact that heavy weapon like tanks etc were allowed to attack SIrte where there were civilains there as well, only these civilains backed the gaddafi regime, so they were allowed to be bombed no need to protect those civilians, disgusting isn't it . I strongly agree with Russia and China, most African countries and South American countries that this was an issue that should have been resolved only by the Libyan people and not by the Western countries, We see what happens when they get involved by looking at IRAQ and AFGANASTAN they create a never ending mess. All this leads one to ask what was NATO's real objective? Is it to establish a Western government so we can have more control over the resouces of Libya, Fiinally America is not an example of how a country should be run, 1% control nearly half the wealth, 1 in 7 Americans live off food stamps, Wall Street protests in ALL states rising up. If the Western countries think they have accomplished their mission in Libya they are dreaming in Fuji colors, with 140 different tribes in Libya , a western type of democratic government could be many years if not decades away. As long as friction continues, their standard of living will not
    improve, if anything it could deteriorate further if terrorists start moving into Libya .

    October 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      What do you propose Emile? Sit back and watch the country rip itself apart between commercials on CNN? What country do YOU think should be the role model for the rest of the world? No, we aren't perfect, and yes, there are protests going on. (Kinda retarded, if you ask me. If these people are complaining about money, shouldn't they be at work? ...) Are you suggesting we be hands-off on the rest of the world? Ask Turkey that right now. No, not next month, but right now. Ask them who was there for their last earthquake. ... Our global projection is not just our military. But keep your head in the sand, my friend. We will keep you safe.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      @ Mister Jones before 1945 there was no country that was a role model for others. Each country was its own sovereign nation. What right does the United States have dictating to others how to live. Libya didn't like their situtation and rose up good for them. Its not for us to take sides. Our fore fathers said to avoid entangling alliances! We have ignored them continually. Now the entire world hates us! And they don't make the distinction between our government and us!

      October 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |

    yes that's good thanks a million to NATO,revolut leders thay don't want to step down if thay defited nato came zimbabw

    October 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Taiwo

    Politcal crises btw Gadaffi's faction n d NTC shouldn't av led to d murder of d former leader;all expected of Gadaffi ws to surrender n hand over,bt it's so pathetic dt Gafaffi's murderer dint giv him dt opportunity b4 killing him.all d so-called NATO/America is tryin to achieve is to gain control over Libyan economy n dictate for's a pity Libyans are not sensitive to this.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Timo

    I have a message to all Libyans, sharia law is not the answer, Jesus is!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Yes, please replace your overbearing, controlling, unprovable mythical fairy tale with ours. LOL!

      October 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • beck

      Jesus law? hahaha

      October 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      .......but what would Jesus do?

      October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      People like you are why Jesus gets a bad rap. He had such good PR in the past...I don't know what happened.

      October 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. edison


    October 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oliver isreal

    I am not happy the way gadafi was kill in prayer may god god touch the mind of all liyans for tolorence.tanks

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

      Me neither. I read they shot him. Waste of ammo. Should have used one of Saddam's acid baths.

      October 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOE

    Beverly NC

    Very well stated!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jamesu

    How is it nato is allowed to do what it deems neccesary to keep balance this corrupt sometimes crimanal organazation should be forced to disband and leave countrys to run themselves trying to create a one world power will only cause more war

    October 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      Who's gonna force them, you? China and Russia together don't even try that. They just attack them with useless words. Don't worry, NATO will cease to exist when its replaced by a bigger, more consolidated power.

      October 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    There are so many experts here who know what will happen next. Well, I'm a pretty smart guy and I'll admit I don't know. We'll need to wait and see.

    If the next 6-12 months is relative calm and a responsible NTC, then NATO will likely not hesitate to give air support to rebels in these situations again (Syria?). If the place blows up into another civil war, or a hard-line islamist group takes power, then you'll likely never see such a mission again.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. edison

    war crimes for dunkíng someone under water a few times? I wonder what the punishment should be for shooting them in the head instead? We went from dunkíng to killing under this prez. At least bush let them live – on a sunny beach with three meals a day. These guys have a much better life than they did in pakistan. Now tell us again who war crimes should be brought against? Come on you can do it.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Deathstalker

    Why should we care if they embrace Sharia law? If that is what they want let em have it in another 10 years or so they might changer there minds for now who care. I dont plane to move there any time soon.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alfred

    We the US have to many problems within our economy. We have to many big issues to worry about. We must first help our selfs an then help others, we can't take on the world if our country is not strong enough as it should be.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yahaya

    Shame on Nato,CNT,obama,sarkozy and cameron

    October 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Thank you, yahaya. I totally agree. Besides, Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy need to be indicted and tried for the very war criminals that they are but tragically enough, that'll never happen. Too many people have been paid off in Holland, especially this creep Luis Mendosa-Ocampo!!!

      October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    The fact that you called our POTUS our "little monkey president" negates your opinion, and you fail as a human.
    Please do not breed.

    October 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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