UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya

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One wonders what is going unsaid in this situation – perhaps that the weapons smuggling that Cameron says is concerning is connected to the establishment of cells throughout Europe by Turkey and there is a potentially nasty scenario involving the large numbers of young male ‘migrants’ getting their hands on weaponry.

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UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya

Britain is poised to send a warship to the Mediterranean to tackle arms smugglers trying to get weapons into Europe.

The Prime Minister told fellow leaders at the G7 summit in Japan that the UK was ready to take an “active leadership role” in building the capacity of Libya’s coastguard to clamp down on smuggling operations.

The UK has this week deployed four military planners to the Rome HQ of the European Union’s Operation Sophia mission to tackle people-trafficking in the central Mediterranean, with the goal of preparing a plan to improve the effectiveness of the Libyan coastguard.

The newly established Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has already requested support from the UK in improving coastguard maritime operations, and it is thought this may soon be followed by a request for international ships to operate in Libyan waters.

If this request is received, the UK will seek the extension of Sophia’s mandate, as well as a Security Council resolution at the United Nations enabling its forces to assist in the interception of arms shipments.

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Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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