EU Draws Up Plans to Send Military to Libya

Deployment is conditioned on a semi-stable ceasefire

New documents show that the European Union is in the process of drawing up plans for a military deployment into war-torn Libya, with an eye toward bolstering even a semi-stable ceasefire with force of arms.

There are several different options with different troop levels, though the biggest, at about 10,000 troops, is “excluded at this stage” as simply too risky. That said, every option conveys substantial risk, because Libya is in no way a stable environment.

Indeed it isn’t wholly clear whose side the EU would be on. Though nominally a stability mission, Italy is seen as favoring the Government of National Accord (GNA), and France is backing the Libyan National Army (LNA).

In 2011, NATO intervened in Libya’s Arab Spring, leading to the ouster and death of Moammar Gadhafi, and nearly a decade of struggling with interim governments, some endorsed by the UN, most not, and few ever even approaching serious control over more than a few cities.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.