n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The mixed results of international intervention : the legacy of R2P in Libya - : North Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 06
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When Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011, a global concern arose over the possibility of looted weapons finding their way to insurgents throughout sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. These fears were very much warranted. By early 2013, numerous accounts of smuggled arms were to have reached Mali, and arms formerly in Libya were turning up in places such as Chad, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere. In the case of Mali, the weapons were clearly contributing to the growing strength of jihadist militias fighting government forces. So much so in fact, that the French military eventually intervened in light of Islamist advances towards the capital city of Bamako.

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