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EU repeats call for Operation Irini contributions from member states

17th June 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


Nearly three months since Operation Irini began operations in the Mediterranean to enforce the UN arms and oil embargo on Libya, the force is still significantly short of naval vessels and aircraft needed to carry out its mission.

The previous EU naval mission to the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, was tasked with tackling the flow of migrants from North Africa to Europe, It routinely had up to five warships assigned.

Libya has been wracked by civil war since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with multiple factions seeking political claims in the years since. Two main blocs are currently

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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