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Blair to be questioned by MPs over Libya policy

Tony Blair is to be questioned by MPs about his dealings with Libya during his decade in power and the country’s troubled history since then.

While in office, the ex-prime minister supported the West’s rapprochement with the regime of Colonel Gaddafi and even visited him in Libya in 2007.

Gaddafi was killed in 2011 after he violently quelled a popular uprising.

The UK was among foreign countries to intervene at the time but Libya has been wracked by conflict ever since.

MPs are examining the UK’s role in the military intervention in Libya and what lessons can be learn from it. The hearing, which will also consider the UK’s future policy options, will begin at 10.30 GMT.

The UK, US and France launched airstrikes against the Gaddafi regime in 2011. They acted under the auspices of a United Nations mandate to protect Libyan civilians who opposed the regime from the risk of a potential massacre in Benghazi.

Although Parliament backed the UK’s action at the time, MPs are more critical of the intervention now, saying little thought was given to post-conflict planning, to reconciling warring factions and building inclusive institutions after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime.

Source: BBC News

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