AMERICAN airstrikes have targeted Daesh strongholds in Libya as the Obama administration, acting in unison with the officially recognised but entirely ineffectual government, desperately tries to counter military advances from the terrorist group mushrooming across war-torn country.
“Heavy losses” were incurred by Daesh in the series of strikes according to prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj as the government continues its latest offensive against the militants, who captured significant swathes of Libyan territory in the aftermath of the American and British-led overthrow of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Now in both Libya and Iraq, western forces have suffered the embarrassment of dispatching a dictatorship only to pave the way for Daesh, providing the political and military turmoil needed for them to flourish.
While David Cameron enjoys his retirement, doubtlessly amused by the outrage engendered by his prankster honours list, the former prime minister is slowly but surely being held to account over his rush to invest British aerial power in securing Gaddafi’s defeat in the 2011 civil war.
His government spent more than £320 million in bombing Gaddafi supporters into submission, yet offered just £50,000 in humanitarian assistance in the last financial year, with the end result being more bombs dropped, more money spent, and more instability convulsing a major nucleus of Europe’s refugee crisis.
In an unusually candid interview, president Obama laid much of the blame for Libya’s continued descent into mayhem at Cameron’s feet, accusing him of allowing the North African country to become a “s*** storm” under his watch, and having taken his “eyes off the ball”.