After clash with ISIS, British FM says troop deployment to Libya not needed
British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond had said since the beginning of April that he did not rule out the possibility that Britain could send troops to Libya due to the deterioration of the security situation in that country, but he suddenly changed his mind on April 29.
Speaking during a visit to the Cuban capital of Havana, Hammond stated he does not expect the new Libyan government to request foreign troops anytime soon, and does not consider ISIS bases in Libya as an immediate threat to Europe. He had said as recently as April 23 that he would not rule out sending British troops to Libya.
DEBKAfile: The British foreign minister changed his mind after the large-scale battle, reported exclusively by DEBKAfile, that Italian and British special forces fought with ISIS on April 27. The battle ended with an ISIS victory. On Friday, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources reported that the invasion of Libya being planned by the US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy will be delayed in the aftermath of the battle.