The US plans to engage in military activities in Libya. The US plans to use military force against ISIS militants in Libya.
Together with its allies — Britain, France and Italy — the United States is looking to militarily intervene in yet another country under the pretext of “stemming the growth” of Daesh across North Africa and the Sub-Saharan countries.
Right now it isn’t clear yet when exactly a US military operation would start, but US reconnaissance flights and intelligence gathering indicate that a military intervention is bound to happen within “weeks,” according to US General Joseph Dunford.
The problem with the upcoming military intervention is that the United States has yet to defeat Daesh and other extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Without solving the problem in one region, Washington is jumping head-first into another region guns blazing.
One could only hope this time the United States would respect international law and get the official approval of the Libyan government before sending in its troops. Another way to militarily intervene without breaking international law would be to get the consent of all UN Security Council members.
It’s also worth noting that in 2011, a NATO bombing campaign in Libya led to the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s government. Since then, the previously stable country descended into chaos and failed to form a stable government with various factions, including many Islamic extremist groups, fighting against each for power.