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excerpts from BBC article on UK parliamentary report on British=French
military intervention in Libya:

Mr Cameron has defended his handling of the situation, telling MPs in
January action was needed because Gaddafi "was bearing down on people in
Benghazi and threatening to shoot his own people like rats".

But the foreign affairs committee said the government "failed to identify
that the threat to civilians was overstated", adding that it "selectively
took elements of Gaddafi's rhetoric at face value".

Crispin Blunt, chairman of the committee, told the BBC: "We were dragged
along by a French enthusiasm to intervene, and the mission then moved from
protecting people in Benghazi, who arguably were not at the kind of threat
that was then being presented...

"Indeed, on the basis of the evidence we took, the threat to the people of
Benghazi was grossly overstated."

full at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37356873
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