Mon May 20, 2013 8:19PM
The site of a car bomb attack in the Libyan capital, Tripoli (file photo)

The site of a car bomb attack in the Libyan capital, Tripoli (file photo)

In the wake of the 2011 uprising, the US and NATO unleashed a punishing, UN-mandated offensive against embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi in an alleged attempt to pressure him into giving up power.
Libya is on the brink of disintegration under a scenario orchestrated by the West and implemented by al-Qaeda, a political analyst tells Press TV. “We don’t really have a sovereign country anymore, we’re looking at the destruction of a nation and control by al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-related forces,” said Lawrence Freeman of the Executive Intelligence Review. Freeman described the situation in Libya as a “US, [former British premier] Tony Blair, British creation.” “The destruction of the nation of Libya is designed to carry out policy of chaos and death across northern Africa,” the analyst pointed out. Last week, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters in Washington that the US has dispatched more troops closer to Libya, stationing them at the NATO air base in Sigonella on the Italian island of Sicily. Libya’s western city of Benghazi, which was the birthplace of the 2011 revolution, is largely governed by militias in the absence of unified Libyan security and military forces. The former rebels refuse to lay down their arms, despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order. In the wake of the 2011 uprising, the US and NATO unleashed a punishing, UN-mandated offensive against embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi in an alleged attempt to pressure him into giving up power. NATO warplanes carried out 26,500 sorties, including about 9,600 strike missions, over Libya from March 2011 to October 2011. Experts say the main motive behind the Western attack on Libya was the vast oil reserves of the North African country. ASH/AS
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