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  • Libyans storm Islamist militia base in Benghazi

    Several important Islamic scholars and governments have denounced the attacks against the US Consulate in Benghazi but these guys seem a bit more determined to do something about it.

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Pro-government demonstrators stormed the headquarters of the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia militia in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, aiming to evict fighters from the site, Reuters witnesses said. Ansar al-Sharia has been linked to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died. It denies involvement. ...
    http://news.yahoo.com/eight-people-a...173621608.html
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  • #2
    Interesting, isn't it. They've actually done more than our own government has.

    The ambassador was popular in Libya and was a good friend to them. Apparently a good portion of them understand that and don't want to alienate the US.

    Good for them.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Massena
      Interesting, isn't it. They've actually done more than our own government has.
      Yup!

      Though I'm actually not surprised.

      I'm glad somebody actually did something proactively positive in regard.

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      • #4


        This is very good news.
        "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

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        • #5
          That's pretty awesome news indeed!

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          • #6
            Interesting development and AFAIK quite unique.
            I didn't see that one coming.

            Having said that, it is good to realize the demonstrators have their own agenda,
            likely they are sick and tired of those militia's lording it over their lifes
            and of the new government not doing enough to protect them against those militias.
            I do not think they stormed the militia base just to punish the murderers of the US ambassador.
            BoRG

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            • #7
              to those Libyans! Amongst the pro-American demonstrators, perhaps it's time to get a little optimistic.

              Given that the Yemeni Army and militias have been fighting hard against Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, it's possible that we are seeing another Anbar Awakening - locals getting sick of Al-Qaeda and other militants and taking arms against them.

              Of course, given how events after the Arab Spring have taken a bit of a downturn, one mustn't get too hopeful.
              You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

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              • #8
                I wonder how much clout the Libyan government actually has in Benghazi. Considering reports of how heavily armed the citizens in the city are, I'm leaning to more of a collaboration of the national government with the various factions in Benghazi that required some time to form a strong enough coalition to confront Ansar al-Sharia.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gorgeous George View Post
                  I wonder how much clout the Libyan government actually has in Benghazi. Considering reports of how heavily armed the citizens in the city are, I'm leaning to more of a collaboration of the national government with the various factions in Benghazi that required some time to form a strong enough coalition to confront Ansar al-Sharia.
                  Now lets sit back wait for the assassinations, indiscriminate suicide and car bombs to kick in; shouldn't take long!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Massena View Post
                    Interesting, isn't it. They've actually done more than our own government has.
                    What an odd observation. Of course they have. In purely practical terms it is easier for Libyans to deal with other Libyans. In political terms it is also a great deal wiser. Had calls from some in the US to start dropping bombs or taking revenge been heeded I suspect anti-American sentiment would have experienced a sharp uptick & those determined to support democracy & fight the Islamists would have struggled to get nearly as much support as they appear to have now.

                    Oh, and apparently there had already been something like 50 arrests before this.

                    The ambassador was popular in Libya and was a good friend to them. Apparently a good portion of them understand that and don't want to alienate the US.
                    Fortunately the US also made sure not to alienate them. I suspect they also have their own reasons for this - probably something like not wanting to end up a theocracy.

                    Good for them.
                    Agreed.
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                    • #11
                      'What an odd observation.'

                      Have you seen the reaction of the present administration? They were in denial that it was a terrorist attack and was preplanned. That is the observation meant by my posting. It took them ten days or so to actually admit that it was a terrorist attack, and that only happened because of testimony before Congress of one of the security people in the government, not from any action from either Obama or Clinton.

                      All the two of them have done is prance in place.

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                      M
                      We are not now that strength which in old days
                      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                      • #12
                        Indeed good for them. Might be worth remembering the number of countries actually engaged in conflicts with their own Islamists - and these conflicts go back quite some time.
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                        • #13
                          Let's hope that this meme spreads...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sergio View Post
                            Indeed good for them. Might be worth remembering the number of countries actually engaged in conflicts with their own Islamists - and these conflicts go back quite some time.
                            I think we should assist them as best we can from afar and make an example of them. A good example, that is.

                            Show proper appreciation and hopefully others will follow their lead...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gorgeous George View Post
                              I wonder how much clout the Libyan government actually has in Benghazi. Considering reports of how heavily armed the citizens in the city are, I'm leaning to more of a collaboration of the national government with the various factions in Benghazi that required some time to form a strong enough coalition to confront Ansar al-Sharia.
                              By most accounts the central government is still quite weak and trying to sort itself out. The division of power between the regions, the tribes, and the government in Tripoli appears far from settled.
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