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Sun May 18, 2014, 03:14 PM

Rogue Libyan general's troops attack parliament

Source: AP-EXCITE

By ESAM MOHAMED

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Forces loyal to a rogue Libyan general attacked the country's parliament Sunday, expanding his eastern offensive against Islamists into the heart of the country's capital. The attack forced lawmakers to flee under a barrage of heavy gunfire and black smoke rose over the parliament.

The violence, three years after the 2011 civil war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi, threatens to further splinter a country dominated by militias.

The troops of Gen. Khalifa Hifter targeted Islamist lawmakers and officials, his spokesman Mohammed al-Hegazi told Libya's al-Ahrar television station. Al-Hegazi said Hifter blames the officials for allowing extremists forces to exert considerable influence in the country.

His troops struck two Islamists militia bases Friday in Benghazi, the country's second-largest city, setting off clashes that killed 70 people, Libya's Health Ministry said.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20140518/ml-libya-5cdb9593fa.html





In this Saturday, May 17, 2014 photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter addresses a press conference in Benghazi, Libya. The death toll from fighting over the weekend in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi between troops loyal to Hifter, a rogue general, and Islamist militias has risen to at least 70, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. In a statement late Saturday, Libya's interim prime minister, parliament speaker and the head of military warned Hifter against further pursuing his offensive and threatened the troops cooperating with him. (AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky)

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Reply Rogue Libyan general's troops attack parliament (Original post)
Omaha Steve May 2014 OP
seveneyes May 2014 #1
bemildred May 2014 #2
Kurska May 2014 #3
JackRiddler May 2014 #4
Kurska May 2014 #5
JackRiddler May 2014 #12
daleo May 2014 #8
quadrature May 2014 #6
Ash_F May 2014 #7
dipsydoodle May 2014 #9
bemildred May 2014 #10
jakeXT May 2014 #11
JackRiddler May 2014 #13
jakeXT May 2014 #15
jakeXT May 2014 #14
joshcryer May 2014 #17
jakeXT May 2014 #18
NickB79 May 2014 #16

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 04:11 PM

1. Sounds like they may be the good guys

 

Targeting Islamist lawmakers and officials gives hope that they desire a government without all the religious trimmings. Perhaps this will spread to other oppressed nations and help rid the world of religious dogma.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 04:47 PM

2. I think the parliament better run while it still can. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:14 PM

3. The middle east isn't ready for Democracy

Looks like they are returning to strongman rule.

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Response to Kurska (Reply #3)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:46 PM

4. Excuse me?

 

This is the result of a foreign intervention with imperialist designs that destroyed the country and armed a whole bunch of little paramilitaries.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #4)

Sun May 18, 2014, 05:50 PM

5. Local strongman overthrown.

Things are worse than ever.

Same story all over the middle east. Strongman goes down, chaos or Islamists result (sometimes both).

They just aren't ready.

True shame.

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Response to Kurska (Reply #5)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:51 PM

12. It's like Jekyll in denial of Hyde...

 

The serial killers of nations, the U.S. and NATO, struck in Libya three years ago. They broke up the country with bombs and arms supplies to "local strongmen" who didn't exist before the intervention. You don't get to blame that on the victims!

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Response to Kurska (Reply #3)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:52 AM

8. This is quite an extreme form of a non-confidence motion

People in democracies who blithely talk of violent political action should take note. Countries, like people, can slip into these mind sets if they aren't mindful of the dangers.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 07:21 PM

6. how does a society function, when 80% of adult men ...

 

are riding around in the back of
a pickup truck?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_(vehicle)

FYI...
being in a militia is a lot more fun
than working for a living

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:43 AM

7. I heard legislating is pretty extreme these days.

Can we send him some drones?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 06:14 AM

9. Al-Qaida-inspired group in Libya vows to fight rogue general whose troops attacked parliament

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- An al-Qaida-inspired group in Libya said Monday it will fight troops loyal to a renegade general behind an attack on the country's parliament the day before and join forces with Islamic militias who were targeted by the general's secular followers.

The announcement by the influential Lions of Monotheism Group further adds to the quagmire in Libya, three years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

On Sunday, forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former rebel in the fight against Gadhafi, stormed the parliament in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, saying they were suspending the house in a struggle against Islamist lawmakers and officials whom they blame for allowing extremists to hold the country ransom.

The attack saw militia members backed by truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rocket fire raid the parliament building in the heart of Tripoli, sending lawmakers fleeing for their lives as gunmen ransacked the legislature.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_LIBYA?SITE=PAREA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #9)

Mon May 19, 2014, 08:19 AM

10. You have to admire their enterpreneurial spirit. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 09:20 AM

11. Do we now know what he did in Virginia ?



Since coming to the United States in the early 1990s, Hifter lived in suburban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. Badr said he was unsure exactly what Hifter did to support himself, and that Hifter primarily focused on helping his large family.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27795.htm

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Response to jakeXT (Reply #11)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:52 PM

13. Incredible, eh?

 

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #13)

Mon May 19, 2014, 03:56 PM

15. It's certainly long term thinking if true

Hifter later moved to Virginia and, in interviews with Arab media in the 1990s, described himself as building an armed force with U.S. assistance to "eliminate" Gadhafi and his associates.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/18/renegade-libyan-general-says-parliament-suspended/9260289/



I wonder if training officers in the US was part of it

“Senator McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its security,” the cable read. “He stated that he understood Libya’s requests regarding the rehabilitation of its eight C130s and pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress. …

“He described the bilateral military relationship as strong and pointed to Libyan officer training at U.S. Command, Staff, and War colleges as some of the best programs for Libyan military participation.”

Lieberman, a leading neoconservative, also praised the new era of cooperation with Gaddafi’s regime and marveled at the meeting.

“We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi,” Lieberman said, according to the cable, which added that Lieberman also called “Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.”

http://consortiumnews.com/2011/10/28/sen-mccains-libyan-two-step/http://consortiumnews.com/2011/10/28/sen-mccains-libyan-two-step/

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 03:50 PM

14. Libya orders Islamist militias to oppose rogue general

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's army chief has ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital, a day after the storming of the parliament building in Tripoli by a renegade general's troops.

Monday's development paves way for a possible showdown between the militias — which hail from Libya's western and central regions — and the anti-Islamist troops allied with Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who staged the parliament attack Sunday and said they suspended the Islamist-dominated house, blaming it for empowering Islamic extremists.

According to a statement posted on the official Facebook page of Libya's Chief of Staff media office, Nouri Abu Sahmain signed an order to "Libya's Central Shield" — an umbrella group of powerful militias — to confront "attempts to take over power" in Tripoli.

Sunday's move against parliament appeared to be directly challenging the legitimacy of the country's weak central government three years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Libya's leadership condemned the attack and vowed to carry on.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/18/renegade-libyan-general-says-parliament-suspended/9260289/

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Response to jakeXT (Reply #14)

Mon May 19, 2014, 05:53 PM

17. face book posts as news

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #17)

Mon May 19, 2014, 05:56 PM

18. It's a thing in Ukraine

(Reuters) - More than 30 pro-Russian separatists were killed in fighting near the rebel stronghold of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Tuesday.

"We estimate that the terrorists lost more than 30 people," Avakov wrote on Facebook.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/05/06/uk-ukraine-crisis-slaviansk-toll-idUKKBN0DM08K20140506

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:20 PM

16. At first I read that as Gen. Khalifa Hitler!

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