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NATO intervened in Libya in 2011, toppling Muammar Gadhafi and effectively turning the country into a failed state.

It has been five years since NATO forces, spearheaded by the British and French, imposed a no-fly-zone over Libya and began its bombing campaign.

Over 2,000 people were killed in the first 17 days of the airstrikes, 30,000 in the first six months of the conflict and close to 500,000 people have been internally displaced.

Today, Libya is effectively a failed state, with no central government, a lack of security and rival militias fighting for legitimacy and control of the oil-rich nation.

The crisis in Libya has also contributed to the refugee situation in Europe, with 170,000 fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East and Africa crossing from Libya to Europe in 2015 alone.

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