British defence secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that military operations in Libya during the eight-month long conflict had cost Britain £212m, and praised the operation in Libya that led to the overthrow of Muammar Al Qathafi. He said the operation had been legal and necessary to avoid a "festering rogue state on Europe's borders".
Mr Hammond, speaking to the Royal United Services Institute in London, Mr Hammond also mentioned Britain's participation in Afghanistan and said that "The successful conclusion of the combat mission in Afghanistan is my first priority."
The total of £212m, including £67m for replacing spent munitions, is all expected to be met from the Treasury reserve.
(Source: Tripoli Post)