The Libya Committee's Jan Petersen presents the report, with Ine Eriksen Søreide and Bakke-Jensen. Photo: NTB scanpix

A tragic chapter in Norwegian history


Not many expected the Petersen Committee to come up with a critique of Norway's role in the Libya war, but the committee's report is nevertheless less critical than expected. It all remains a sad story.  

Tunander is Professor Emeritus from PRIO.
E-mail: ola@prio.org
Published: October 1, 2018

The report intended to evaluate Norway's participation in the Libyan war in 2011 and presented to the public on 13. September, begins by claiming that Muammar al-Gaddafi "hit the ground with air and ground forces". Furthermore, it is said that "the conflict escalated after the insurgents began to organize armed resistance to the regime". 

The regime's attack on civilians and the use of bombers, along with African mercenaries who were flown in to Libya, reportedly legitimized a military operation and the decision to create a no-fly zone. This is the opinion of the committee.

In 2016, the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee delivered a…

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