NATO Libya mission will end on Oct. 31
NATO voted today to end its Libya mission Oct. 31, despite a request from Libya's interim leaders to stay through December. Some NATO members may still help in an individual capacity, however.
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The US role is certainly not over, The Christian Science Monitor reported last week, following NATO's announcement that it was poised to end the Libya mission. The US is helping Libyan officials track down and secure thousands of weapons all over the country and may also assist help with plans for elections sometime in 2012.
The intervention in Libya has been touted by President Barack Obama as a new model for international intervention – one in which the US shares the burden of responsibility and cost with other countries, the Monitor reports. However, calling it an "international" intervention may be overstating the reality, since the military action was dominated by the US, Britain, and France and Germany – a key NATO member – was totally absent. It's so far unclear whether any other countries will continue to work with the NTC after the conclusion of NATO's mission.
Although most hail the intervention as successful, "it caused sharp rifts in the alliance and went on much longer than Western nations had expected or wanted," Reuters reports.
There is also still grumbling about the possibility that NATO exceeded its UN mandate, particularly when it comes to the accusation that it did in fact pursue regime change. Muammar Qaddafi's relatives are filing a war crimes complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court because they believe the NATO's actions ultimately led to Qaddafi's death, CNN reports.
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