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UK parl't committee slams former PM Cameron's Libya policy

  • FILE-In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file image, British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels. A key British parliamentary committee has said on Wednesday Sept 14 2016 that former Prime Minister David Cameron's military intervention in Libya was misguided and helped spur the rise of Islamic extremism there. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert file)

    FILE-In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file image, British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels. A key British parliamentary committee has said on Wednesday Sept 14 2016 that former Prime Minister David Cameron's military intervention in Libya was misguided and helped spur the rise of Islamic extremism there. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file image, British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels. A key British parliamentary committee has said on Wednesday Sept 14 2016 that former Prime Minister David Cameron's military intervention in Libya was misguided and helped spur the rise of Islamic extremism there. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert file)

    FILE-In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file image, British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels. A key British parliamentary committee has said on Wednesday Sept 14 2016 that former Prime Minister David Cameron's military intervention in Libya was misguided and helped spur the rise of Islamic extremism there. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert file)  (The Associated Press)

A key British parliamentary committee has said former Prime Minister David Cameron's military intervention in Libya was misguided and helped spur the rise of Islamic extremism there.

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday the 2011 decision to intervene was based on "erroneous assumptions" and an "incomplete understanding" of the ramifications of removing Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The oil-rich North African country descended into chaos after the intervention and parts of it have become a bastion for Islamic State extremists.

The parliamentary report criticizes Cameron for turning an operation designed to protect Libyan civilians in the port of Benghazi into a full-scale push for regime change.

Cameron stepped down as prime minister in July and resigned from Parliament this week.