‘Democratization’ of Iraq opened door for terrorists, Libya a hotbed for ISIS – top Russian general
The US meddling in Arab countries such as Iraq and Libya has turned them into hotbeds of terrorism, the head of the Russian general staff said. Libya, in particular, has become a hub for Islamic State jihadists.
In the long run, American military interventions of the past two decades have only succeeded in fostering terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, General Valery Gerasimov told an international security conference in Moscow.
“The occupation of Iraq, the disposal of yet another strongman and ‘democratization’ of this country at gunpoint caused the majority of the dispersed military and ousted political elites to form the core of ISIS,” he said.
Similar mistakes were made in Libya, when Western powers decided to use military force to oust its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the Russian general said.
“Libya… practically no longer exists as a state and has become a hotbed for IS and other terrorist groups,” he pointed out.
Gerasimov added that the refugee crisis in Europe is the price it is now paying for destabilizing Arab countries.