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Ex-UK PM blamed for flawed Libya intervention

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>> A UK parliamentary report has sharply criticized Britain's military intervention in Libya in 2011. It says former Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to oust then leader Muhammad Gaddafi was flawed and it quickened political and economic collapse in the North African country. The foreign affairs committee report says UK policy was based on an incomplete understanding of the country and the situation.
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Libya has suffered years of chaos ever since. Former rebels still fight over territory, people smugglers send tens of thousands of migrants on perilous boats to Europe. And Islamic State has gained a foothold. William James is Reuters UK political correspondent.>> One of the things it really highlighted was that Britain, in particular when it was looking at intelligence, failed to assess sufficiently that there was an Islamic element to the rebels in Libya.
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And that would then mushroom into Islamic State gaining a foothold there It's quite a damning statement. It's not saying that Britain is solely responsible for Islamic state in Libya, but it's saying that really we didn't see it coming, which according to the intelligence, we should have known.>> The report says Cameron had a decisive role in the intervention, which was led by Britain and France.
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It echoes the controversy over Tony Blair's leadership in the Iraq War.>> This comes at a really bad time for Cameron. Obviously he's just lost the EU Referendum. He's just decided not only step down as Prime Minister, but leave politics altogether. I don't think it's going to be as bad as Blair in Iraq, because it's something that was carried out with international consensus.
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But when people do look at this, they are going to look at Cameron's role in it in quite a critical light. The reports concludes Cameron must bear the responsibility for Britain's role in the crisis.