(The Real Agenda News) Libya is a man-made disaster. It can easily be pinned to the American column. The fall of Libya happened under the Obama administration and under the watch of current presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Since Libya’s president, Muammar Gaddafi, was dragged out of hiding and killed by alleged “peaceful” opposition forces, the country has been rolling down the hill into self-destruction. Everyone in the international community has observed the destruction of a country that, previous to American intervention, was the promise land not only for Libyans, but also for the north African region.
Now that the country is all but completely destroyed, the West is ready to offer a solution, and that solution is, not shockingly, a new military intervention. That’s right. Plans for a NATO intervention in Libya are ready.
So-called Western intelligence is certain that the future of the global war on terror in which western conquerors save the world from jihadism will not be played only in Iraq but also in Syria and Libya, the two countries that the international community is helping to destroy right now. Libya is now a country under a state of almost total chaos that facilitates the emergence of the Islamic State as the terrorist group has suffered significant defeats in Syria and Iraq.
NATO representatives say that the Alliance does not want another failure like Afghanistan in a country that is very close to southern Europe. The potential danger that Libya presents if it becomes the headquarters of ISIS can be unmanageable, says NATO.
That scenario must be avoided at all costs, say strategists who say they understand that ISIS could consolidate its positions there to become a refuge for militants fleeing Iraq or Syria, where the jihadists are clearly receding.
In parallel, the United States also wants to avoid the so-called ‘mistakes’ made during the bombing carried out by international aggressors in 2011.
The main powers involved in the new NATO plans for Libya, including those found further south as Spain and Italy, already know what they have to do when the military movement occurs.
The plan includes deployment of units in Libyan territory, but not for combat missions but training, even though they have defined rules of engagement. It is carrying out a similar job to that already being done in Iraq.
The intelligence community, its experts say, faces an enormous challenge due to the terrible instability in Libya, where alliances and clashes between different factions are constantly happening.
Armed tribal tensions mark the reality of a failed state. Today, Libya is characterized by the diversity of power centers fully dispersed that make the country weak and vulnerable to attacks from the Islamic State and other terror organizations.
NATO has drawn up plans to help future Libyan government institutions -the new national unity- with specialized training and improved defense capabilities in a very complex environment.
Many Islamic militias are supporters of Sharia Law and right now western powers, although not officially supporting those militias, do provide them with weapons while ISIS begins to set its roots in the country. The arms embargo decreed by the UN does not seem to be followed to the letter; in fact, it is far from that.
There is news that certain units of British, French and Italian special operations are working with Americans on the ground to “facilitate” the passage of those militias to Sirte.
The work that will be done by NATO will not be limited to tactical advice on the ground. It will also be dedicated to obtaining reliable information in order to achieve the best possible picture of the complex war situation in a country of one million seven hundred thousand square kilometers that is inhabited by seven million people.
Libya has almost 4,500 kilometers of permeable borders through which jihadists, especially from Chad and Sudan, have entered to become part of the Islamic State and where the terror group intends to set its base to reestablish the caliphate.
It is assumed that the Libyan government is not able to achieve control of a country where clashes between tribes, some jihadists, clearly mark the everyday reality.
These tribes do not hesitate to reach agreements with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an armed organization that is spread throughout Ethiopia and Senegal, and most likely Yemen, where other Al Qaeda groups exist. In the south of the Arabian Peninsula is where most of the insurgency is settled, which results in ongoing fighting with Saudi Arabia.
Let’s remember that Israel, the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been funding militias for many years in that region. It is as if these government were working together to destabilize countries, as revealed by former US General and Supreme NATO Commander, Wesley Clark.
In any case, the Libyan situation worsens to the extent that ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq continue moving to the Sahel to enter Libya with the aim of turning the region into the center of the caliphate from which to dominate the Maghreb. The movement of ISIS forces has been encouraged, if not financed and supported by western powers because it helps their goal to bring chaos to the region.
There is a threat, explains western intelligence sources. According to these sources, ISIS is consolidating strength to create of a naval armed wing. British Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, chief of maritime command of NATO forces, said that the possibility that the jihadists were preparing different types of boats to attack ships in the Mediterranean was a real possibility.
The reports spoke of the possible objectives of these boats, which would target cruises or cargo ships. “It is believed that ISIS has the capacity to carry out attacks at sea,” says professor David Odalric of Caixal, of the University of Nebrija and specialized in jihadist terrorism. So if western intelligence is conscious about this threat, it is only safe to assume that they are positioning forces to avoid those attacks, or even better, to prevent ISIS from getting those boats. We will see whether that is done or not.