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One Month In: Purpose of NATO’s Libya War Still Unclear


The ongoing (now NATO-led) war in Libya is moving toward its second month, and the questions about the goals and exit strategy still haven’t been answered. Indeed, officials are openly calling the war a “stalemate.”

The past week of comments from NATO have combined two pledges seemingly destined to keep the war going for years. Officials simultaneously insist that the war will continue until Gadhafi leaves office, but that he is not a target of the war.

The UN Mandate authorizing a no-fly zone explicitly ruled out the use of ground troops in Libya, and British Prime Minister David Cameron insists that position still stands. He said there was “no question” of using ground troops, but he didn’t seem happy about it.


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