The HoL EU External Affairs Sub Committee has taken evidence on illegal migration stemming from Libya. More than 1 million are in the pipe-line, with EU Operation Sophia criticised for “incentivising failure”. The EU held the lead for Libyan border security in the porous Sahel after Gadhafi was overthrown, but failed to establish any control. This is one of the ten strategic security risks discussed in Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi.
It is reported that the commander of Tobruk’s Abdul Nasser Air Base was killed when his jet crashed into a house, whilst returning from a bombing raid today. He was a brave man and our sympathies go to his family. When I visited Tobruk in February 2012, the Mig-21s were poorly maintained and there were insufficient specialist tools and parts, such as ejector seat cartridges. See page 268 of Belfast to Benghazi:
On Monday and last Wednesday, experts at RUSI counter terrorism discussions highlighted the likelihood that an attack on an iconic target would get through. Coincidence?