The US Congressional Research Services and the UK’s House of Commons have published separately a summary paper on the first military operations in Libya.

The thrust lies in their comparison: whereas the historical background is the same, their account of the facts differs. The US document remains vague when it comes to the chain of command, while the British document is more explicit as regards US dominance.


 Operation Odyssey Dawn (Libya): Background and Issues for Congress, under guidance by Jeremiah Gertler, Congressional Research Service, 28 march 2011 (33 pp., 820 Ko).
 Military Operations in Libya, by Claire Taylor & Ben Smith, House of Commons’ Library, 1 april 2011 (15 pp., 340 Ko).

Translated from French by Nadège Boinnard