David Cameron is blamed for the rise of ISIS as a damning report says his 'ill-conceived' war on Colonel Gaddafi 'made the world more dangerous'
The Commons foreign affairs committee savaged the former prime minister's judgment in rushing to war in 2011, saying the intervention was based on 'erroneous assumptions'.
David Cameron is blamed for the rise of ISIS
- David Cameron's intervention in Libya left the country in ruin, MPs said
- Foreign Affairs committee found military action spurred the growth of ISIS
- Mr Cameron took the country to war against Colonel Gaddafi
- The 'ill-conceived' war is also thought to have fuelled the migrant crisis
By Jason Groves
13 September 2016
David Cameron's 'ill-conceived' military intervention in Libya helped fuel the migrant crisis, MPs have warned
David Cameron's 'ill-conceived' military intervention in Libya fuelled the migrant crisis and spurred the growth of ISIS, MPs warn today.
In a devastating verdict, the Commons foreign affairs committee savages the former prime minister's judgment in rushing to war in 2011, saying the intervention was based on 'erroneous assumptions'.
The cross-party committee accuses Mr Cameron of ignoring military chiefs and a lack of reliable intelligence to pursue an 'opportunistic policy of regime change' in Libya.
And it says he gave little thought to how Libya would fare following the removal of dictator Colonel Gaddafi, setting the scene for the country's descent into chaos.
It claims the bungled military action in Libya paved the way for a major new terror training base for ISIS fanatics.
'Various tribes, independent militias and ISIL took advantage of the absence of central government to seize control of portions of Libyan territory,' the report states.
'ISIL has used its presence in Libya to train terrorists.'
The committee says Mr Cameron's Libyan adventure 'was not informed by accurate intelligence', with ministers underestimating the threat that the country could become an Islamist stronghold.