WikiLeaks has released a “classified report” about the first six months of Operation Sophia, the EU military intervention against refugee boats in Libya and Mediterranean.
The leaked report is dated 29 January 2016 and written by the operation commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of the Italian Navy. It allegedly provides statistics on refugee flows and outlines the phases of Operation Sophia, including future strategies of the operation. The report has been published for the European Union Military Committee and the Political and Security Committee of the EU.
According to the report, Operation Sophia is awaiting the right circumstances to transition from Phase 2A of the project to Phase 2B. This would allow the Operation to move from operating in high seas to operating in Libyan Territorial Waters. However, due to the unsteady government situation in Libya, the EU has had to hold off from transitioning to the next phase of the Operation. WikiLeaks indicated that following a move into Libyan waters, EU operations might extend onto Libyan shores.
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