TIM SHIPMAN and IAN DRURY
UK Daily Mail
April 20, 2011
David Cameron was accused last night of risking a Vietnam-style quagmire in Libya by sending military advisers to help the country’s rebels.
The first official deployment of troops on the ground marks a significant escalation in the war and immediately invited charges of ‘mission creep’.
A ten-strong team of intelligence, signals and logistics experts will help set up an opposition headquarters to take on Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.
The Prime Minister approved the move amid frustration that Nato’s no-fly zone has failed to shield civilians properly.
But Libyan deputy foreign minister Khalid Kaim branded the move an ‘act of war’ and senior MPs and former commanders warned of echoes of America’s first steps in Vietnam.
They said Britain risked getting bogged down in Libya for years and one demanded a recall of Parliament.
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:40 am