UK's Hague says Libya not another Iraq in the making

By REUTERS
May 25, 2011 11:24

 
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LONDON - British Foreign Secretary William Hague dismissed fears that Western nations were getting dragged into an Iraq-style conflict with their campaign against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

France, Britain and the United States are leading the air strikes on Libya, which started in March after the U.N. Security Council authorized "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Gaddafi's forces.

Richard Dannatt, former head of the British army, has noted parallels with the campaign in Iraq when U.S.-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003 but then faced a bloody insurgency.

"It's very different from Iraq because of course in the case of Iraq there were very large numbers of ground forces deployed from Western nations," Hague told BBC Radio 4.

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