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NATO's Role in Post-Gadhafi Libya
By Kurt Volker
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Fighting continues today in Tripoli between rebel forces and Gadhafi government loyalists. Yesterday, the rebels stormed Gadhafi's compound, but the Libyan leader remains at large. The raid by the rebels effectively ended Gadhafi's 42-year reign. As Libya enters a period of transition, many are wondering NATO's future role in the country. NATO's involvement in the Libyan civil war began as a humanitarian intervention, but its efforts went on to play a vital role in crippling Gadhafi's army, allowing rebel forces to eventually advance into Tripoli.
Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, wrote in Foreign Policy that there were four big problems with the NATO mission in Libya, and they are problems that will keep popping up.