Libya: Armed Conflict

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2021.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which opposition groups the British military provided training to during the Libya war of 2011; where that training took place; and what the nature of that training was.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any UK personnel were involved in training Libyan opposition forces in the Nafusa mountains during the war in Libya of 2011.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature was of the contacts his Department had with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group during the war in Libya in 2011.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Throughout 2011, the UK Government sought to respond to rapidly changing and volatile dynamics in Libya and to make timely decisions in order to protect Libyan civilians and wider UK national interests. Our objective remained clear at all times: to protect civilians and to promote stability in Libya. UK military action was taken in accordance with the United Nations mandate to protect civilians.

In relation to the specific information requested, given the amount of time that has elapsed since 2011 I will write to the hon. Member when it is available.

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