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Cole writes: "Tripoli, the capital of Libya, turned bloody on Friday when peaceful civilians came out to protest the hold of the country by militias, and militias viciously attacked them."

Juan Cole. (photo: Informed Comment)
Juan Cole. (photo: Informed Comment)

43 Dead, 500 Wounded in Tripoli Attack by Militia on Peaceful Protesters

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

17 November 13


pdate: There was further fighting at Tajoura just east of Tripoli on Friday night into Saturday, with the death toll rising to 41 with 500 injured. The fighting seems to be in part over local people in Tripoli not wanting continued HQs in the capital of the various regional or city-based militias from outside the capital, such as Misrata and Zintan. The outside militias want a position in Tripoli because that is where they can claim resources and facilities (the Zintanis had for a long time controlled the airport, e.g.). They are afraid that the central government will slight and ignore them if they go home. But locals often see them as mafias. Tripoli-based militias loyal to Prime Minister Ali Zeidan have set up checkpoints in the capital and are waiting to see if the outside militias try to reassert themselves by sending convoys of reinforcements.

Tripoli, the capital of Libya, turned bloody on Friday when peaceful civilians came out to protest the hold of the country by militias, and militias viciously attacked them.

Things went well enough at Liberation Square (formerly Green Square), but then the protesters marched on other districts of the capital. At Gharhur they protested at the HQ of the Misrata militia in the capital and they were attacked by militiamen, some of whom used heavy weaponry against the peaceful, unarmed protesters. Thirty-four were killed and hundreds wounded.

Prime Minister Aii Zeidan first came out and announced there had been clashes between two armed groups. Then he retracted and recognized the reality, that innocent civilians had been slaughtered.

Zeidan maintains that some 5,000 new Libyan troops are being trained in Europe, but neither the numbers nor the long delay in deploying these new troops gives cause for optimism.

Zeidan announced that armed militiamen from outside the capital would no longer be allowed in Tripoli, though he did not specifiy how that step would be accomplished.

Zeidan and the Libyan government in general have been too slow to build up a new army for the country and to move away from militia rule. The degree to which the West has for the most part abandoned Zeidan is also evident. your social media marketing partner


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+5 # barbaratodish 2013-11-17 11:28
Who is safe today when the military, paramilitary, militia, etc., believes, because they are told in training, or maybe it is part of "THE SOCIAL CONTRACT", that everyone, even infants, want to kill them?
+4 # Activista 2013-11-17 12:42
used heavy weaponry against the peaceful, unarmed protesters...
Where the militants (oop NATO rebels) go these weapons? Libya and Syria are being destroyed by US and EU neocons to control Africa
Goal is permanent civil war - death and destruction of relatively prosperous nation.
Libya, Syria, Iraq .. the same patterns/goals - sick American Foreign Policy declared Libya - success.
+3 # Activista 2013-11-17 13:45
And the Iran is next - "According to the diplomatic source quoted by the Times, Saudia Arabia has agreed to let Israel use its air space, and assist an Israeli attack by cooperating on the use of drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes.
Israel's Mossad intelligence agency is reportedly working with Saudi officials to make arrangements following the signing of a nuclear deal in Geneva."
Sunday Times: Israel, Saudi Arabia cooperating to plan possible Iran attack
Saudis would allow Israel use of air space and provide drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes, report says...
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-11-17 22:39
We assume this is why Khadaffi was attacked & murdered, right? US policy: Pax per mortem: Peace through Death.
0 # Activista 2013-11-18 10:39
William McRaven: US Plans Training for Libyan Anti-Militia Forces
ExecutiveGov-2 hours agoShare
Adm. William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, has bared U.S. plans to help Libya train its troops to counter ...
Advisors started Vietnam war ... is Libya/Africa American/NATO new war?

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