Donald Trump has said he’d “never have” stopped the “totally unprecedented” US military assault on Libya in 2011.
And in a series of tweets, he has promised to “do everything in my power to end” the war, as well as “build a great wall” and “make America great again”.
But when it comes to the US military’s involvement in Libya, there’s a lot of work to be done, and many of Trump’s promises could come up short.
Here are a few, and a few more…
In September 2011, Donald Trump, then-presidential candidate for the Republican Party, said he would “do anything” to end the war.
He continued: “We have got to be very careful, because, you know, we’ve got to stop this carnage, we’re going to get it done.” “
And if I was president of the United States, I would have taken a different approach.”
He continued: “We have got to be very careful, because, you know, we’ve got to stop this carnage, we’re going to get it done.”
He also said he “would have stopped it much sooner”, and told CBS News: “The way to stop it is to be tough.”
Trump later said that he “hadn’t really thought of it”.
The US launched the “Operation Desert Storm”, a covert US military campaign to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, but it was the US’s first major intervention in Libya in more than 50 years.
The operation launched on August 20, 2011, led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people and created a security vacuum that has allowed Islamist militants to flourish.
Libya is currently divided between the internationally recognised government of National Transitional Council (NTC) and armed groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaeda.
The conflict has caused more than 10,000 people to be killed and millions displaced.
A UN-backed UN-Arab League envoy, Jamal Benomar, said on Monday the US and other Western powers had failed to stop the killing.
“The only thing that has been successful, I think, is the use of airstrikes, which have been much more successful than any other way of trying to end it,” he told BBC World Service.
“We are trying to find a way to get rid of this carnage without creating more.”
Trump, who won the Republican presidential nomination on the back of a hardline platform, has been criticised for being too tough on Libya.
He has said the US should have used “much less” of its “heroic air power” to help Libya, but also called for more “soft power”.
In his tweets, Trump has also pledged to “build an incredible wall”, “build that great wall”, and “get rid of ISIS” – but this has not yet been achieved.
Trump also said: “If I win the election I will immediately call on Congress to approve funding for the wall, which is a wall built to stop people from pouring into our country.”
He added: “But it’s not enough.
It has to be the largest and strongest, and it has to stop all the bad stuff.”
“If we don’t do it, we will never be able to build that wall.”
In September 2015, the US said it would end its involvement in the war in Libya “at the earliest opportunity” after a deal was reached to end hostilities between the NTC and armed Libyan factions.
“This agreement was reached by our country’s armed forces, backed by the United Nations, and has now been implemented,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
“Our military and our national security forces are committed to supporting the Government of Libya to bring the warring factions to the negotiating table.”
The NTC agreed to the terms of the deal, but the US has since withdrawn its forces.
In October 2016, Trump tweeted that he was “going to be building a wall along the Mexican border with Mexico” to stop drugs from entering the US.
The president has not followed through with the pledge.
Trump has not said how many troops would be deployed in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico, as the Trump campaign has not released the names of troops or personnel in the area.
Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico has also not been built, and is a key plank of his campaign.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that the US had reduced its commitment to the NSC-backed government in Tripoli, but that the mission was not “ended”.
“The United States has taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are able to continue to support the NNC’s efforts to bring about political transition in Libya,” it said.
The US has been a key backer of the NCC since the 2011 war began, but its role in the conflict has become increasingly important.
The NSC has taken a leading role in negotiations with the armed groups operating in the country.
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