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Friday, 9 February 2018

Trump extends Obama-imposed sanctions against Libya

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President Donald Trump on Friday extended the state of emergency that imposed unilateral sanctions on Libya, a measure ordered by former President Barack Obama nearly seven years ago.


The sanctions were put in place to address what Obama considered a threat to U.S. national security posed by longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The sanctions also intended to punish Tripoli [sic] for violent actions by the Gadhafi regime against his citizens, while protecting assets belonging to the people of Libya.

In his order Friday, Trump said Gadhafi's government and associates took extreme measures against the people of Libya, "including using weapons of war, mercenaries, and wanton violence against unarmed civilians."

"The foregoing circumstances, the prolonged attacks against civilians, and the increased numbers of Libyans seeking refuge in other countries caused a deterioration in the security of Libya and posed a serious risk to its stability," Trump said.

 "The situation in Libya continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."
 (UPI)
 9/2/18

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