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Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death

Posted By admin On October 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Chris Stephen
London Guardian [1]
October 20, 2013

Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution.

Violence between radical militias and regular forces broke out on Friday night and continued yesterday, while the capital Tripoli is braced for fallout from the kidnapping earlier this month of prime minister Ali Zaidan. Federalists in Cyrenaica, home to most of Libya’s oil, open their own independent parliament in Benghazi this week, in a step that may herald the breakup of the country.

For months, radical militias and regular forces in Benghazi have fought a tit-for-tat war. Last week two soldiers had their throats slit as they slept in an army base. But Friday’s killing of Libya’s military police commander, Ahmed al-Barghathi, shot as he left a mosque, has became the trigger for wider violence. Hours after an assassination branded a “heinous act” by US ambassador Deborah Jones, armed units stormed the Benghazi home of a prominent militia commander, Wissam Ben Hamid, with guns and rockets.

Fighting continued into the night, with army units heading for the home of a second militia commander, Ahmed Abu Khattala, indicted by the US for the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens last year. There, they were turned back by powerful militia units.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/19/assassination-libya-civil-war-gaddafi-benghazi

[2] Libya protests: Gaddafi’s son warns of civil war: http://www.prisonplanet.com/libya-protests-gaddafis-son-warns-of-civil-war.html

[3] Libya militia ‘terrorises’ pro-Gaddafi town of Tawargha: http://www.prisonplanet.com/libya-militia-terrorises-pro-gaddafi-town-of-tawargha.html

[4] Libya launches revenge attacks on British targets after Gaddafi ‘assassination’ attempt: http://www.prisonplanet.com/libya-launches-revenge-attacks-on-british-targets-after-gaddafi-assassination-attempt.html

[5] Secret email reveals top official told Libya’s U.S. Ambassador that terrorists were behind Benghazi attack – four days BEFORE U.S. Ambassador to UN said it was a spontaneous attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/secret-email-reveals-top-official-told-libyas-u-s-abmassador-that-terrorists-were-behind-benghazi-attack-four-days-before-u-s-ambassador-to-un-said-it-was-a-spontaneous-attack.html

[6] Militia Bases Stormed in Libya: http://www.prisonplanet.com/militia-bases-stormed-in-libya.html

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