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    Kremlin: Libya 'Failed State' After Overthrow of Gaddafi, US Intervention

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    The overthrow of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 US intervention led to the country's disintegration as a state, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, commenting on US President Barack Obama’s admission of failure.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Obama said on Sunday that the biggest mistake of his presidency was failing to plan the aftermath of the NATO-led intervention to the crisis-torn Libya

    "I want to refer to [Russian President Vladimir Putin], who has repeatedly expressed regret in connection with the very consequences we are now seeing in Libya, the consequences of the steps taken. What is meant is the military operation and the elimination of Gaddafi. We see that now Libya is unfortunately a failed state," Peskov told reporters.

    The spokesman added that Putin has "repeatedly expressed regret at the fact that this is a direct consequence of actions in a number of countries."

    The Obama administration backed the use of NATO air power in Libya to ensure that rebels topple the then leader after a 2011 revolt. Since Gaddafi’s death the influence of extremist Islamist groups in the country has steadily grown.

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