Qaddafi, Terrorism, and the Origins of the U.S. Attack on Libya

Synopsis

Davis's detailed account demonstrates that Libya was not an arbitrarily selected target but rather a justified one. He examines the context in which the April 15, 1986, U.S. military attack against Libya occurred. The history of U.S.-Libyan relations from the Nixon to the Reagan administration is covered in detail including the Rome and Vienna massacres and Operation Prairie Fire. A description of the final days leading to the attack include the La Belle Discotheque bombing, the U.S. decision to attack, preparations, the military operation itself, and its aftermath.

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