Dunford: U.S., France planning ‘decisive military action’ in Libya

Special to WorldTribune.com

by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France’s defense staff to discuss planning for a joint operation against Islamic jihadists operating in Libya.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

The two military leaders left no doubt about their shared views regarding extending the fight against ISIL to Libya. “It is fair to say,” noted Dunford, “we’re looking to take decisive military action in Libya.”

Neither military commander offered any specifics as to when or how their militaries would undertake operations in Libya.

Since the fall and subsequent death of former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has become a failed state with little central authority over most of the country.

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