Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi


British efforts to help topple Colonel Gaddafi were not limited to air strikes. On the ground - and on the quiet - special forces soldiers were blending in with rebel fighters.

Read my article detailing the previously untold account of the crucial part they played here.

Mark Urban, Diplomatic and defence editor, Newsnight Article written by Mark Urban Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, BBC Newsnight

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    Comment number 1.

    A very, VERY interesting article, but I found myself disgusted by the underhanded, even sneaky nature of the invasion of Libya. What was the purpose of the UN Resolution - so that "children" could sneak around and circumvent. If I were British, I would be deeply ashamed.
    How dare a democratic country undermine, remove & participate in killing a democratically-elected leader!

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    Libya’s new rulers, confronted with a challenging economic climate, have stepped up calls for Gaddafi assets to be released so they can pay salaries & fund key public services. UN Support Mission in Libya signed a status of mission agreement with Libya on Tuesday, paving the way for the world body to continue assisting the war-ravaged country during its current transitional period.

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    Comment number 3.

    Sovereign country – Libya – was attacked & overrun by NATO forces, based on false pretexts supported by a hypocritical UN Resolution, that led to tens of thousands of Libyans being killed, maimed, their homes & infrastructure bombed; their country ransacked & thrown into utter chaos, its leader murdered on TV causing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to...snicker!

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    Comment number 4.

    Libya seems a lot like the Iraqi invasion where hideous violence still reigns to this day… Which sounds like Afghanistan… Which sounds like 60 years of life in Palestine… Which sounds like Serbia two decades ago…Which sounds like Vietnam four decades back…When does it stop?

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    Comment number 5.

    Was any of this a mistake?
    Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Trilateral Commission, American Enterprise Institute & AIPAC have far too much experience to stumble over the same road time & again. Does this mean they destroyed Libya on purpose? Absolutely!
    Libya has become another hell-hole, a representative of the “Arab Spring” with armed uprisings backed by the CIA, MI6, Mossad & NATO.


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