Sep. 2, 2014

Militia in Benghazi: Consulate 'Totally Secure'

So far, we know the U.S. embassy in Libya is still standing, the cornflakes are sitting out and the various militias have not pillaged the protein bars from the gym to fuel their running and gunning. Since U.S. officials fled the embassy in Tripoli due to fighting in the area, the embassy was first secured by a militia “from Zintan,” which, according to BBC News, could be the Al-Sawiq Brigade. But then a new group, Dawn of Libya, drove that militia out of the American compound and its leader, Abu-Zaqia, says it’s totally cool if American diplomats decide to come back because it’s all safe. “We entered and put some of our fighters to secure this place and we preserved this place as much as we could,” the Dawn of Libya leader said. U.S. staff “are most welcome in God’s blessing, and any area that is controlled by Dawn of Libya is totally secure and there are no troubles at all.” With 13 armed groups BBC identified running around Libya – not to mention this new “Dawn of Libya” group – it’s hard to believe Abu-Zaqia when he says any compound in the nation where Ambassador Chris Stevens died is “totally secure.” On the contrary, Libya’s descent into chaos continues. More…

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