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III The NATO Campaign: An Analysis of the 2011 Intervention

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This chapter highlights several instances where NATO failed to provide sufficient information, or provided inaccurate statements regarding operations that caused civilian destruction and/or civilian casualties. It provides a general assessment of the NATO intervention, and examines critical questions with regards to accusations that NATO exceeded its mandate, violated its own rules of engagement and failed to adhere to the specific laws of war while carrying out its operations. The chapter presents a factual overview of the NATO campaign and the events that gave rise to the authorization for foreign intervention. Then, it concludes with an examination of a sample of NATO airstrikes conducted during the conflict, and closes with an assessment of NATO's operations and whether its humanitarian remit was exceeded. The use of force by NATO militarily benefitted the thuwar against the regime - which goes beyond the Security Council's authority to limit action to humanitarian purposes are showed.

Keywords:Libyan conflict; NATO campaign; security council



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