The Dire Consequences of Meddling in Libya – Con Coughlin
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 23, 2015)
Downing Street prided itself on the fact that the overthrow of Col. Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 was accomplished without the need for any boots on the ground and without incurring a single British combat casualty. Since then, the country has descended into chaos, with roaming, lawless bands of Islamist militias killing and kidnapping their opponents.
Prior to 2011, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels per day of crude oil, with significant quantities being sold to British refineries. Daily output now stands at around 350,000 barrels, barely sufficient to keep Libya’s own refineries operating – those whose oil tanks have not been set ablaze by rogue rockets fired by Islamist militias. There are around 100 different Libyan militias operating in the country. (Telegraph-UK)
See also Wider Chaos Threatens as Fighters Seize Branch of Libya’s Central Bank – David D. Kirkpatrick (New York Times)