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Post  polka23dot Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:39 pm

The 2011 revolution overthrew longtime dictator Moamar Kaddafi but it did not change the tribalism that Kaddafi used for decades to keep potential threats from replacing him. It was only when most of the tribes (and two-thirds of the population) united to overthrow Kaddafi that his divide and rule technique failed. Now the tribes are all out to grab what they can for themselves, no matter what the cost to the rest of the country. Nearly three years later you have the tribes and militias in eastern Libya forming a separate state called Cyrenaica and continuing to shut down most oil exports. Other tribes throughout the country are following equally selfish and greedy strategies... Greed for a larger share of the oil revenue is tearing the country apart. The problem is a classic one in Arab countries where tribalism, along with political and religious factionalism makes governing difficult when there is oil wealth to be had. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20140113.aspx

Libya’s female prisoners have appealed to the country’s spiritual leaders to allow them to commit suicide as endless abuse and humiliation make life unbearable for them. source: http://tundratabloids.com/2014/02/female-prisoners-in-libyan-jails-prefer-suicide-to-unbearable-humiliation-suffered-on-daily-basis.html

Libya... is awash with drugs, weapons, warring gangs and Al Qaeda terrorists. There are thousands of truck-mounted missile launchers for sale, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns. There are an estimated 15 million Kalashnikovs in a country of just six million people. Guns are available everywhere — from dealers outside the fish market, to a kiosk selling cigarettes on the street near Sammy’s flat, where arms and other contraband goods are kept in cupboards below the counter. Moody, the kiosk owner, is also a former rebel fighter and was part of the uprising that ended with Gaddafi being buried in a secret grave in the Sahara. He proudly showed me six Kalashnikov assault rifles, as well as boxes of ammunition. Murder is also on sale. Asked how much it would be to have a rival killed, Moody drew on his cigarette. ‘Not much. About 1,000 Libyan dinar (£600),’ he said, as other customers nodded in agreement. ‘We are turning into Somalia,’ said Abdelsalaam, a customer, as he negotiated to buy high-calibre bullets for a sniper rifle... Prices for weapons are rising along with demand, a sure sign of trouble ahead. A 9mm pistol cost £300 immediately after the war; now, the same model was selling for £3,000. The cost of a Kalashnikov, the Russian-designed automatic rifle capable of firing 600 rounds a minute, has soared, from £500 to more than £1,500. It seems that all the toxic ingredients are in place to turn the country into a terror state, with Al-Qaeda affiliates setting up terror training camps, and car-bombings, assassinations and rampant corruption a  feature of daily life. And this is, let us not forget, just a short hop across the Mediterranean from Europe. The anarchy sweeping the country has seen more than 500 senior military officers assassinated since the end of the war, and thousands more killed in clashes between warring tribes and gangs. The U.S. ambassador was murdered by Islamic extremists in 2012... With rival militias firing bullets and shells every night, locals are despondent and terrified. Several told me they need a strong man — just like Gaddafi — to crush the terrorists, criminals and warring tribes. source: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657588/

The five week offensive by rebel leader Khalifa Hiftar has moved into Benghazi itself with militias and troops loyal to Hiftar making air and ground attacks on militia controlled neighborhoods in the city. Many army units have joined Hiftar, providing him with eight fighter bombers and four helicopter gunships plus numerous artillery weapons and armored vehicles. Hiftar spends a lot of time organizing all the militias and armed forces units that have joined his cause. Unified command is one big advantage he has over the many Islamic and tribal militias that oppose unity and peace. Hiftar is representing the majority of Libyans who want peace and prosperity, not endless bickering and lack of national unity. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20140627.aspx

Chaos continues in Libya, largely the result of so many armed groups that cannot agree with each other. There appear to be over 1,500 different armed groups in Libya... Because the Tripoli airport remains closed... foreign nations are sending warships to get their embassy staff out... The chaos in the two largest cities (Tripoli and Benghazi) threatens to destroy the health care system. That’s because most of the medical professionals in the hospitals are from the Philippines and India. Both countries are threatening to order all their citizens out because of the growing chaos and violence. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20140803.aspx

Libya has come apart as a nation... Someone will have to intervene to prevent the Islamic terrorists from gaining too much control over the country, or simply to stop the violence before the economy (oil industry) is destroyed. At the moment no one is stepping forward to intervene, mainly because it is an expensive and thankless job... The main problem in Libya is many (over 1,500) armed groups. source: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20141003.aspx

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