Foreign relations / Security and defence

Will the Italian Navy commandos follow the US marines “on the shores of Tripoli”?

It looks more and more likely that the United Nations will authorize the use of military force to cut the route of illegal immigration from lawless Libya.

The international and Italian press is reporting rumors about an imminent ground operation, but the European “Minister of Foreign Affairs” Federica Mogherini stated that any possible military operation will be naval only.

The truth, as it is often the case, could be somewhere in the middle: a naval operation including raids in the Libyan ports by Navy commandos.

The Italian Navy commandos, in light of their very strong tradition, could be ideal candidates.

After all, also the US Marine Corps had its baptism of fire in Libya during the First Barbary War of 1801-1805.

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