US blasts Britain, France over chaos in Libya


US President Barack Obama has criticized America’s traditional allies, the United Kingdom and France, over their Libya policy in the aftermath of the 2011 overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In an interview with the Atlantic magazine, Obama said he was wrong to believe the allies would be “invested in the follow-up” to Gaddafi’s ouster.

“When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up,” Obama said.

In March 2011, a coalition of Western countries, including the United States, the UK and France, launched missile and airstrikes on Libya in a bid to help oust Gaddafi following a national uprising.

Gaddafi was deposed later that year in the wake of the fall of capital Tripoli on August 20. Although pockets of resistance by pro-Gaddafi forces held out for another two months, especially in his hometown…

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