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Militias linked to Sarraj & Igtet clash for control of Tripoli

Three people, including a civilian, were killed in fighting last night in Tripoli’s Gurji district, west of the city centre, between the powerful Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade of Haithem Tajouri and the Nawasi Brigade.

The clashes occurred late last night after Tajouri sent in forces to Gurji’s Massara area to clear it of a Nawasi unit consiting of an extended local family, the Alwad Radiah, said to be in control of it.

Tajouri’s forces are reported to have succeeded.

As well as the civilian killed in the fighting, one on the leaders of the Alwad Radiah was also reported killed. The third person was unidentified.

The fighting was triggered by a move earlier in the evening by Nawasi to take over Tajouri’s headquarters on the corniche (Shara Al-Shatt), just opposite the TV station next to the foreign ministry buildings. There was no serious fighting, just shooting in the air, but Tajouri called in reinforcements and the corniche east of the Mahari Radisson Blu hotel was closed off. His forces were then dispatched to Gurji.

The pro-Islamist Nawasi brigade was at one point linked to Abdul Raouf Kara and his Rada brigades but the link was broken when, with the arrival of the Presidency Council in Tripoli last year, he supported it while the more radical Nawasi continued to support the crumbling Libya Dawn “government” of Khalifa Ghwell. It still does so, although like him, it is said to have now transferred its support to Baset Igtet.

It is claimed that it tried to move against Tajouri yesterday following the rumours that he was going to have discussions with Khalifa Hafter. libyaherald.com

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Libya: How Nato’s toppling of Gaddafi has turned to disaster

Arriving in Benghazi by C-130 military transport plane in May 2011 as the UK special envoy’s stabilisation adviser, I could never have imagined the dark future that lay ahead. We were led to believe by political emigres in the UK that rebuilding Libya would be a relatively simple operation: Muammar Gaddafi was finished, Libya’s army was useless and its tribes were broken. A new state was to be built on fresh and firm foundations. How mistaken we were.

Just four years later, Libya is witnessing an explosion in violence, led by al-Qaida and Islamic State (Isis): the gruesome murder of Egyptian Christians, devastating suicide bombings, the kidnapping of western oil workers and the discovery of countless headless soldiers and civil-society activists in Benghazi.

Back in 2011, while everyone trumpeted democracy, human rights and transparent institutions, competing Libyan political alliances differed over the means. The popular, politically liberal – though still socially conservative – majority, represented by the National Forces Alliance, promoted reform. The much less popular, but better organised, Islamists and their allies preferred continuous revolution. Unhappy with just a share in the state, the Islamists wanted to own it entirely – and now, following three consecutive losses at the ballot box, they are the ones responsible for leading Libya towards annihilation. theguardian.com

NATO intervention: 19 Mar 2011 – Gaddafi forces encroaching on Benghazi

NATO pretext for humanitarian intervention:
The widespread and systematic acts of violence and intimidation committed by the Libyan security forces against pro-democracy protesters, as well as the gross and systematic violation of human rights brought the international community to agree on taking collective action. nato.int

Gaddafi’s letter to Obama:
“We are confronting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, nothing more,” Gaddafi wrote. “What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? Tell me how would you behave so that I could follow your example?” (Obama did not respond.)



U.S. alarmed by its own militants in Libya: Analyst

The ISIL militants in Libya the US has expressed concerns about were once Washington’s “pro-democracy rebels” who toppled the government of Muammar Gaddafi, says political analyst Joe Iosbaker. “Their so-called pro-democracy rebels have now become ISIS (or ISIL),” Iosbaker said when asked about US concern over reports that ISIL-linked militants are destabilizing eastern parts of Libya. State Department spokesman Jeffrey Rathke said on Wednesday, “We are closely monitoring the situation and are concerned by the destabilizing threat that militias and terrorist groups pose to the Libyan people and government.” According to reports, militants linked to the ISIL terrorist group have overrun the town of Derna in eastern Libya. presstv.ir



War planes attack Libyan capital Tripoli again: residents

Unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Sunday, residents said, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport.

Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn but no more details were immediately available.

In recent weeks Libya has seen the worst fighting since the NATO-backed campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Renegade general Khalifa Haftar has declared war on Islamist-leaning forces, part of growing anarchy in the oil producer.

His forces claimed responsibility for air raids on Tripoli on Saturday and last Monday, targeting a group called Operation Dawn. But this group, consisting mainly of fighters from Misrata, said on Saturday that it had captured Tripoli’s main airport from a rival faction from Zintan in western Libya.

In the campaign to overthrow Gaddafi, fighters from Zintan and Misrata were comrades-in-arms. But they later fell out and this year have turned parts of Tripoli into a battlefield.

Libya’s neighbours and Western powers worry Libya will turn into a failed state as the weak government is unable to control armed factions. reuters.com


‘Divide and ruin’: How NATO’s policy is destroying Libya

If US and NATO cannot have total domination and control of places like Libya or Syria, they would rather destroy the place and try to ensure at least that the oil is flowing into its coffers and pockets, activist and journalist Sukant Chandan told RT. rt.com



“Secret training base for Ukraine’s militias” – BBC News

An armed militia group in eastern Ukraine has given the BBC exclusive access to its training camp. The BBC’s Panorama programme has been following the commander of the brigade since the start of the conflict. He has gathered a forced of more than 100 men at a secret base close to the Russian border.



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Libyan government running low on militia protection money

A little over two years after former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed by rebel militiamen outside the town of Sirte, the Libyan state is teetering on the brink of collapse. A dozen different militia organizations have more authority than the central government, and if ordinary civilians protest at their arbitrary rule they get shot.

That happened in Benghazi, in the east of the country, in June, when 31 peaceful demonstrators were shot dead and many others wounded while protesting outside the barracks of the “Libyan Shield Brigade”.

It happened again in Tripoli just last week, when a militia brigade from Misrata that has been roosting in the capital for the past two years used heavy machine-guns on unarmed civilians who were demanding that it go home, killing 43 and wounding hundreds.

In between, there have been some 80 assassinations of senior police and government officials. Last month the prime minister, Ali Zeidan, was kidnapped by gunmen of the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room group. Almost all the east and the south of the country are controlled by militias who have seized the main oilfields and ports.

Oil exports, the country’s only significant source of revenue, have dropped from 1.4 million barrels per day last summer to only 200,000. Deprived of most of its income, the government will run out of money to pay its employees next month — including the militias that harass it, for it pays them off too. And once the militias are no longer getting their protection money, things may get even worse in Libya. thespec.com

US to train 8,000 Libyan security forces

The United States is considering a decision to train 8,000 security forces in Libya as violence has increased in the country in recent days, according to a top officer at the United States Special Operations Command.

Speaking on Saturday at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, Commander, Adm. William H. McRaven said a final decision is yet to be made on the issue.

The US military’s Africa Command, AFRICOM, will organize the overall mission, but it is not yet decided which countries would participate or where the trainings would take place, according to the New York Times.

Admiral McRaven and other officials noted that military trainings in a country like Libya
can have unwanted consequences.

Read more: presstv.ir

Libya: Misrata militia fires on protesters, killing at least 43

Libya’s prime minister has demanded that all armed militias leave Tripoli “without exception,” after clashes between militiamen and armed residents left dozens dead and almost 400 wounded.

At least 45 people were reportedly killed in Friday’s street fighting, one of the worst in the Libyan capital since the overthrow of former leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan Justice Minister declared three days of mourning following the bloodshed, according to the country’s state news agency LANA.

“The existence of weapons outside the army and police is dangerous,” Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in a speech delivered shortly after the clashes. “All armed militias need to leave Tripoli, without exception.”

“The demonstration was peaceful and had been permitted by the interior ministry, and then the protesters were fired on when they entered the Gharghur district” where the militia’s headquarters are located, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said in an exclusive interview with Reuters TV and the Libyan television channel Ahrar.

At least 32 people were killed and 391 wounded, a Health Ministry official said. Libyan Defense Minister Abdullah Al-Thani cut short his visit to Jordan and is returning to his home country, LANA reported. The Misrata militia reportedly opened fire with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at protesters as they approached its headquarters in the Gharghour district. rt.com

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