Obama regrets aftermath of Gaddafi's ousting

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
United States President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has said failing to prepare for the aftermath of the ousting of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi was the worst mistake of his presidency.

Answering a series of questions on the highs and lows of his time in office on Fox News. President Obama said, however, that intervening in Libya had been “the right thing to do”, BBC reported.

The US and other countries carried out strikes designed to protect civilians during the 2011 uprising.

But after the former Libyan president was killed, Libya was plunged into chaos with militias taking over and two rival parliaments and governments forming.

So-called Islamic State (IS) gained a foothold, and Libya became a major departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe.

A UN-backed national unity government arrived in the capital Tripoli earlier this month but is waiting to take charge.