Serial No. 114-238: Libya: Five Years After Ghadafi, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, November 30, 2016 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the November 30, 2016 hearing on "Libya: Five Years After Ghadafi" held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "December 17 marks the 1-year anniversary of the Libyan Political Agreement, making this an opportune time to review the administration's policy in Libya. While this administration first participated in the intervention in Libya in 2011, many of us expressed concern with the administration's lack of clearly articulated objectives, a post-intervention plan, and even an explanation about how it fit U.S. national security interests. Many of our worst fears have come to fruition, as more than 5 years after Ghadafi's death, Libya is embroiled in a difficult civil war that shows no sign of abatement. If anything, it has only gotten worse since the U.N.- brokered agreement. Libya is more politically divided than ever, its economy is in a free fall, and terrorist groups and criminals continue to exploit the power vacuum. [...] Criminals and terrorist groups, including ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], al-Qaeda and so many others, take advantage of the chaos, securing their own territory and using Libya as a launching pad for smuggling, human trafficking, and terror attacks-endangering Libya's neighbors, such as Egypt and Tunisia. Libya is now the main transit point for migrants trying to reach Europe, and with little border security or governance, many are rightly concerned by the potential of terrorists reaching our own shores. [...] As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the Libyan Political Agreement, it is clear that the status quo in Libya is unsustainable, and that there must be a new and revitalized at- tempt at reconciling all Libyan stakeholders". Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jonathan Winer.
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