British Troops go into action - image: Dad's Army
It has not been confirmed yet but we are hearing that one thousand British soldiers are preparing to deploy to Libya, with the UK government, the Pentagon and the government of France currently working out details of an intervention intended to stop the acvance of ISIS affiliated Islamic extremist groups on Libya's oil fields and strategically important refineries and ports on the Mediterranean coast.
It is not clear if this deployment is in addition to the 1000 British personnel reported to be in Libya in 'supporting roles' to one of the three rival groups claiming to be the legitimate government, or a contingent of combat troops in an escalation by the FUKUS axis of western involvement in the civil conflict that resulted from the ill - advised and incompetently managed bombing campaign to overthrow the Gadaffi regime.
Since the campaign led by France and the USA (Obama will join any war) which deposed the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya, under Gaddafi the wealthiest and most advanced nation in Africa) has largely collapsed. Its cities are in ruins and its economy no longer functions. Furthermore the failed state is now faced with a serious refugee crisis as economic migrants from sub Saharan Africa use the lawless land as a route to Europe where they hope that by posing as refugees from Syria they will be housed, paid social benefits and given western women. Libya has become home to a branch of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) estimated to be 3,000-strong.
"There is the risk that ISIS fighters could make the crossing, mixing in with refugees," French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.
Le Drian has been lobbying for military action, but conceded "everyone is aware of the danger of transferring to a new conflict in Libya the conflict in the Levant [Iraq and Syria] where we are starting to see some positive elements."
The Times (UK) reports that the 1,000 UK troops would be deployed as part of an Italian-led 6,000-strong formation to provide training to Libyan troops but that seems unlikely as Libya does not have a functioning military command. The rumor of further British involvement in Libya comes a day after it was announced a 12-strong UK military team has deployed to South Sudan as part of a UN peacekeeping mission there.
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