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    After the military/intelligence support to Haftar and his militias by Egypt/UAE/US/EU/Israel failed and back fired now they urge a political solution.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29679488

    The US and four European allies - Britain, France, Germany and Italy - have called for an immediate end to the fighting in Libya.

    In a statement, they said there was "no military solution" to the crisis.

    Dozens of people have recently been killed in the eastern city of Benghazi in fighting between Islamist rebels and government forces.

    Libya has been in a state of flux since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

    The statement said that Libya's hard-fought freedom was at risk if country continued to be a safe haven for Libyan and international 'terrorist' groups.

    It continued, saying that the country's security challenges could only be addressed by regular armed forces accountable to a democratic government.

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    Listen you Romanian Barbarians, this is our country and we choose Islam as our constitution. Mind your own business back home, there is no going back to your colonialist status quo. No matter what you do, Islamists will increase, and your intervention just accelerates that process. You must understand that we will not expect a colonialist hegemony over our region that is intended to rape/pillage our people/resources and protect Israel so it can commit atrociious abuses against international law. Pack your bags and go back to your original homes there is no place for you terrorists in our land.
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    We should have [MENTION=1871]Solomon2[/MENTION] posting in this thread, I miss him
    You miss him? Good riddance.

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    Egypt cant help but stick their nose into Libyas business
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    Libya violence: Clashes at Benghazi port area



    Fierce fighting has erupted in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as the army attempts to retake the area from Islamist militias.

    Smoke could be seen rising from Benghazi's port, where a ship was hit.

    The army had asked residents in the central al-Sabri district to evacuate the area by noon on Monday (10:00 GMT) ahead of a major military operation.

    More than 200 people have been killed in Benghazi since the army began its offensive last month.

    Libya has been in a state of flux since Colonel Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

    The country is divided between two rival governments, with disparate tribes, militias and political factions fighting for power in the oil-rich country.

    Heavy fighting broke out in the port area on Monday afternoon, with reports of tanks and artillery being deployed by the military.

    Army spokesman Mohammed Hegazi told the Associated Press news agency that Islamist militias had hit an oil tanker with a rocket-propelled grenade, causing it to catch fire.

    However, eyewitnesses said it was a navy ship that was hit amid the fighting.



    Dozens of residents had left the city to avoid the fighting.

    However, many residents have nowhere to go or are too afraid to cross to another area for fear of getting caught in the crossfire, the BBC's Rana Jawad reports from the capital Tripoli.

    Residents in Benghazi told the BBC many homes had been destroyed from the violence in recent weeks.

    Troops backing former general Khalifa Haftar are also supporting the military's efforts to retake the city.

    Political crisis
    The internationally recognised and newly elected government has been forced to flee to the far-eastern city of Tobruk close to the Egyptian border, having been ousted from Tripoli after hostile militias took control of the capital in July.

    Islamist groups including Ansar al-Sharia, which is listed by Western countries including the US as a terrorist organisation, have declared a caliphate in the coastal city of Derna.



    The elected government has lost Libya's three main cities amid the political crisis:

    In Tripoli, some members of the old parliament - the General National Congress - have continued to sit. They have appointed their own rival government, though this is not internationally recognised
    Much of Benghazi, the second city and headquarters of the 2011 Revolution, is in the hands of Islamist fighters, some with links to al-Qaeda. There are near-daily assassinations of officials, journalists and social activists
    Misrata, the third city and a major business port, is also loyal to the Tripoli authorities.



    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29876274

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    Back to tribe - multi ethnic, multi religious, multi cultural NATION State seems to be history when faced with the onslaught of real Muslims. -So Libya may be stabilized if it is disappears as a nation state - Who gets the oil? However survives.

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    ROFLMAO ........ These are Haftar Forces have fun with them ....:

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    Britain's defence ministry has said it iss cutting short a training programme in the UK for Libyan troops after reported sexual assaults allegedly involving five of the servicemen.

    About 300 members of the troubled north African country's armed forces have been based at the Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire, eastern England, since July.

    "Training was initially expected to last until the end of November but we have agreed with the Libyan government that it is best for all involved to bring forward the training completion date," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "The recruits will be returning to Libya in the coming days."

    Three of the Libyan soldiers were due in court in Cambridge on Tuesday.

    Two of them have each admitted two counts of sexual assault.

    The third has been charged with three counts of sexual assault but has yet to enter a plea, British media reported.

    Two other servicemen have been charged with raping a man, the Cambridge News website reported.

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    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe...618218186.html

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    Don't know how accurate this is but it is representation of conflict in Benghazi:


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    Libya would have been better left to Libyans I bet the majority now look back at those days and wish gadaffi was back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wattan View Post
    Libya would have been better left to Libyans I bet the majority now look back at those days and wish gadaffi was back
    I think it's better in long run to clean Libya and Middle East from these secularist rapists who destroyed democracy. They were the ones who destroyed parliament and refused to allow elections in half of country. Now fighting under banner of 'Pro-Dignity'.

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    [MENTION=8610]Falcon29[/MENTION] (why have they shown the first picture of ISIS flags in Libya, that can't be true? Propaganda?)

    Libya violence: Activists beheaded in Derna



    Three young activists have been found beheaded in Derna, in eastern Libya.

    The three, who had relayed information about the city through social media, had been kidnapped earlier this month.

    Several Islamist groups are competing for control of the city, with some militants recently declaring allegiance to Islamic State.

    Libya has been in a state of flux since Col Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, with disparate tribes, militias and political factions fighting for power.

    'We reject IS'
    The BBC's Rana Jawad, in the capital, Tripoli, says that in the immediate aftermath of the revolution that ousted Gaddafi, many rebel fighters left to fight with militant groups opposing the rule of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

    Many of the fighters are believed to have returned home, settling in the east of the country, she says.



    Beheadings are rare in Libya, our correspondent says, even in areas controlled by militant Islamists, and no group has so far said it carried out the latest killings.

    The activists have been named as Siraj Ghatish, Mohamed Battu and Mohamed al-Mesmari.

    Our correspondent says they remained low-profile, mostly passing on information via social media pages.

    Another activist in the city who cannot be named for reasons of safety, said: "We reject IS being here. We can't come out in public about it."

    Our correspondent says there appear to be three main militant groups in Derna, with varying degrees of extremism.



    They are the Islamic Youth Shura Council, a branch of Ansar al-Sharia, and the more moderate Martyrs of Abuslim Brigade.

    The group that declared allegiance to IS is unclear, although the activist who spoke to the BBC said it appeared to be a group that broke away from the Shura Council.

    Derna has been out of government control since 2012.

    Last month, pictures from Derna showed public institutions renamed as Islamic courts and Islamic police.

    In August, a video emerged on social media showing a man being shot dead by an unknown group in the football stadium.

    The elected government has lost Libya's three main cities amid the political crisis:

    In Tripoli, some members of the old parliament - the General National Congress - have continued to sit. They have appointed their own rival government, though this is not internationally recognised
    Much of Benghazi, the second city, is in the hands of Islamist fighters, some with links to al-Qaeda. There are near-daily assassinations of officials, journalists and social activists. Some 300 people have been killed in the past month in clashes between the army and militiamen
    Misrata, the third city and a major business port, is loyal to the Tripoli authorities

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30011640

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    Not sure who is behind that or if that is a credible report because it hasn't been reported by Libyan Sources. That flag has been around for decades, I don't know why you keep calling it an IS flag.

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0IX0CO20141113

    (Reuters) - Bombs exploded near the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Thursday but there were no reports of casualties or major damage.

    The blasts followed a series of car bombs on Wednesday mainly in towns under the control of the internationally- recognized government and elected House of Representatives, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, which is facing a challenge from a rival government set up in Tripoli.

    Both Egypt and the United Arab Emirates followed other nations in pulling diplomatic staff out of the capital over the summer after armed clashes in Tripoli between armed factions battling for control of the North African state.




    A Reuters witness said the Egyptian embassy bomb had slightly damaged buildings and some stores, but it was not clear if the embassy had been hit.

    There were no immediate details of whether embassies were the target of the bombs or whether any staff or security guards were in the buildings at the time.

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    Libyan Benghazi group claims to hit Haftar force tank with anti-tank missile:



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    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Mid...#axzz3JFsKWqMp

    Armed clashes broke out in Libya's capital Tripoli closing down the city's main working airport, local residents and an official said on Sunday.

    Tripoli has been mostly calm since the Libya Dawn force, an armed faction allied to the city of Misrata, took over the capital in the summer and set up its own government in rivalry to Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

    It was not immediately clear who was involved in Sunday's fighting, and there was no confirmation from health authorities of any casualties.

    A spokesman for the civil aviation authority said Mitiga airport had been closed because of the security situation. Mitiga has operated as the capital's main airport since fighting in the summer damaged and shut Tripoli international airport.

    Thinni's internationally-recognised government and the elected House of Representatives are holed up in the eastern city of Tobruk, and the two factions are now vying for control over Libya and its oil resources.

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    Islamic State setting up Libya training camps, US says



    Islamic State militants have set up training camps in eastern Libya, the head of the US Africa command says.

    Gen David Rodriguez said there could be "a couple of hundred'' IS fighters undergoing training at the sites.

    He said the camps were at a very early stage, but the US was watching them "carefully to see how it develops".

    Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011, with various tribes, militias and political factions fighting for power.

    Several Islamist groups are competing for power in the east of the country, with some militants recently declaring allegiance to IS.

    Syria connection
    Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, Gen Rodriguez said it was not yet clear how closely aligned the trainees were with IS.

    "It's mainly about people coming for training and logistics support right now, for training sites," he said. "Right now it's just small and very nascent and we just have to see how it goes."

    Correspondents say that in the aftermath of the revolution that ousted Gaddafi, many rebel fighters left to fight with militant groups in Syria, and some are believed to have returned home.

    The elected government has lost Libya's three main cities amid the political crisis.

    Benghazi, the country's second city, is in the hands of Islamist fighters, and the internationally recognised parliament is now based in the coastal town of Tobruk in the east.

    The US has been leading an international coalition conducting air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria in recent months.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30323761

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    Libya: Be careful what you wish for

    On March 19, 2011, the United States led NATO countries in a blitz of aircraft and missile strikes against the government of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's batty dictator who was visited in 2004 and 2007 by British prime minister Tony Blair, in 2007 by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2008 by US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and in 2009 by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, all of whom cordially assured him that relations between their countries and his were comfortable.

    Gaddafi was a despot and persecuted his enemies quite as savagely as the dictator Hosni Mubarak in neighboring Egypt, but life for most Libyans was comfortable and even the BBC had to admit that Gaddafi's "particular form of socialism does provide free education, healthcare and subsidized housing and transport", although "wages are extremely low and the wealth of the state and profits from foreign investments have only benefited a narrow elite" (which doesn't happen anywhere else, of course).

    The CIA World Factbook noted that Gaddafi's Libya had a literacy rate of 94.2% (better than Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, for example), and the World Health Organization recorded a life expectancy of 72.3 years, among the highest in the developing world.

    But back to the Western figures who flocked to Libya before NATO's war. A leaked 2009 US diplomatic cable recorded that "Senators McCain and Graham conveyed the US interest in continuing the progress of the bilateral relationship" while Senator Lieberman declared Libya "an important ally in the war on terrorism".

    Condoleezza Rice said the US-Libya "relationship has been moving in a good direction for a number of years now and I think tonight does mark a new phase", and Britain's Blair considered his meeting "positive and constructive" because his country's relationship with Libya had "been completely transformed in these last few years. We now have very strong co-operation on counter-terrorism and defense."

    The BBC reported that "As Mr Blair met Mr Gaddafi it was announced that Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell had signed a deal worth up to 550 million [British pounds] (US$860 million) for gas exploration rights off the Libyan coast." The US oil companies ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil Corporation and the Hess Company were also deeply involved in Libya's oil production, because it has the world's ninth largest oil reserves.

    Things were looking good for Libya.

    But on January 21, 2011, Reuters reported that "Muammar Gaddafi said his country and other oil exporters were looking into nationalizing foreign firms due to low oil prices". He suggested that "oil should be owned by the State at this time, so we could better control prices by the increase or decrease in production".

    Then in February, immediately after Gaddafi's hint of nationalization of Libya's oil resources, there was an uprising by rebels who wanted to overthrow him and on March 17 the UN Security Council established a "no-fly zone" in Libya "to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country".

    The insurgents were supported by the US, Britain and 12 of their 26 NATO allies (notably not Germany or Turkey), three Arab nations (not including Saudi Arabia), and Sweden which has abandoned honorable neutrality and become a NATO country in all but name. Brazil, China, Germany, India and Russia excluded themselves from the Resolution, advocating peaceful resolution of Libya's internal conflict and warning against "unintended consequences of armed intervention."

    Two days after the "no-fly" resolution the US-led NATO onslaught began and continued for seven months, until the end of October. On April 30, a US missile killed one of Gaddafi's sons and three of his grandchildren in what NATO called "a precision strike" against a "military command and control building". When asked about a massive attack on Gaddafi's residential compound the Pentagon's spokesman announced that "We are not targeting his residence. We have no indication of any civilian casualties."

    At the height of the attacks on Libya, US President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Sarkozy jointly declared that "as we continue military operations today to protect civilians in Libya, we are determined to look to the future. We are convinced that better times lie ahead for the people of Libya ... Colonel Gaddafi must go, and go for good. At that point, the United Nations and its members should help the Libyan people as they rebuild where Gaddafi has destroyed - to repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society."

    Gaddafi's response was: "You have proved to the world that you are not civilized, that you are terrorists - animals attacking a nation that did nothing against you."

    On October 20, Gaddafi did indeed "go for good", being brutally murdered by one of the rebel groups. Obama greeted his death with enthusiasm, saying that "Today we can definitively say that the Gaddafi regime has come to an end. The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating control over the country. And one of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more."

    NATO carried out 9,658 air attacks on Libya and the BBC reported that "throughout the seven-month campaign NATO admitted there had been one weapon 'malfunction'. On June 19, several civilians were reported to have been killed when a missile hit buildings in Tripoli. A NATO spokesman later said that 'a potential weapon system failure occurred and this caused the weapon not to hit the intended target'." (There were also 105 US drone strikes about which nothing is known.)

    It is astonishing, even miraculous, that out of 9,658 airstrikes only one killed any civilians. But Human Rights Watch has a different take on the matter, and records that there were many civilians killed - although its report is irrelevant because not one single person of any US-NATO country has been or ever will be independently investigated for killing any civilian, anywhere in the world, by missile, bomb or rocket.

    We were told that the aim of the US-NATO war on Libya was to achieve democracy by bombing and the UK prime minister Cameron declared that "I'm an optimist about Libya; I've been an optimist all the way through and I'm optimistic about the National Transitional Council and what they are able to achieve. I think when you look at Tripoli today, yes, of course, there are huge challenges - getting water to that city, making sure there is law and order - but actually so far, the cynics and the armchair generals have been proved wrong."

    The "cynics" - better described as realists - and armchair generals were right, of course, in predicting that the country's collapse was inevitable; just as they had been right about forecasting chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But two highly placed intellectuals, Ivo Daalder, the US Permanent Representative on the NATO Council from 2009 to 2013, and Admiral James G ("Zorba") Stavridis, the US Supreme Allied Commander Europe (the military commander of NATO) in the same period, had their own views and wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs in 2012: "NATO's operation in Libya has rightly been hailed as a model intervention. The alliance responded rapidly to a deteriorating situation that threatened hundreds of thousands of civilians rebelling against an oppressive regime. It succeeded in protecting those civilians and, ultimately, in providing the time and space necessary for local forces to overthrow Muammar al-Gaddafi."

    According to these objective analysts, Libya was liberated and became a free country thanks to NATO. And they were supported by columnists like Nicholas Kristof who wrote that "Libya is a reminder that sometimes it is possible to use military tools to advance humanitarian causes". That statement would be hilarious were it not so obscenely bizarre, because Libya has collapsed into anarchic ruin. Britain's declaration to the UN in 2012 that "today, Tripoli and Benghazi are cities transformed. Where there was fear, now there is hope and an optimism and belief that is truly inspiring" has been shown to be preposterous.

    As CNN reports, "Assassinations, kidnappings, blockades of oil refineries, rival militias battling on the streets, Islamist extremists setting up camps, and above all chronically weak government have all made Libya a dangerous place and one whose instability is already spilling across borders and into the Mediterranean. There is effectively no rule of law in Libya." How "truly inspiring", to be sure.

    According to Amnesty International, "since July 2014 at least 287,000 people have been internally displaced as a result of indiscriminate attacks and a fear of being targeted by militias, and a further 100,000 have been forced to flee the country in fear for their lives". Western nations have withdrawn their diplomatic missions and Britain warns its citizens "against all travel to Libya due to the ongoing fighting and greater instability throughout the country".

    NATO has done nothing whatever to "repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society" which Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy declared so necessary while their bombs and rockets and Tomahawk missiles were destroying homes, hospitals and basic utilities. And not one of these people - the excited world leaders, the condescending commentators or the expert intellectuals who foolishly claimed that "NATO's operation in Libya has rightly been hailed as a model intervention" - has indicated the slightest regret for their enthusiastic approval of the onslaught that led to devastation and disaster.

    During their war on Libya, Obama and Cameron declared that, "We are convinced that better times lie ahead for the people of Libya." Tell that to the millions of Libyans whose lives have been destroyed by NATO's "model intervention". The scale of human suffering is not as terrible as that inflicted on Iraq by the US-UK war, but it is still appalling. On November 30, for example, Reuters reported that "about 400 people have been killed in six weeks of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city Benghazi". So much for the "better times" that were to be enjoyed after NATO's seven month blitz of missile and bombing strikes.

    And what next for NATO? Where will it chose to mount its next "model intervention" after its destruction of Libya and its humiliating defeat in Afghanistan?

    NATO is desperate for a cause to justify its survival and is enthusiastically moving forces further east in Europe, involving US troops in "exercises" in Ukraine and US and other deployments to Poland and the Baltic States. It has created a multi-national "Baltic Air Policing Mission" and is carrying out the fatuously-named "Operation Atlantic Resolve" to menace Russia.

    But NATO, and especially the US, should bear in mind the wise words of Brazil, China, Germany, India and Russia, who warned against "unintended consequences of armed intervention". As Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked on December 4, "Hitler wanted to destroy Russia and got to the Urals. However, everyone remembers how that ended." Exactly.

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    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_...01-111214.html

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    Fires reach fifth oil depot in Libya’s al-Sidra port

    More storage tanks were ablaze Saturday at one of Libya’s main oil terminals after a rocket attack by Islamist militants, officials said as the U.N. denounced attacks on oil installations.

    The rocket was fired on Thursday by militiamen from Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), a coalition of Islamist fighters.

    One oil tank was hit, said the region’s security spokesman Ali al-Hassi, before the fire spread on Friday to two other full tanks at Al-Sidra terminal.

    On Saturday the flames engulfed another two storage tanks at al-Sidra, which is in the eastern region known as the “oil crescent” and home to other key terminals, he said.

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement on Saturday that it “strongly condemns” attacks on Libya’s oil installations.

    “The mission warns of the environmental and economic consequences as a result of this violence and destruction in the oil crescent area, and urges the forces on the ground to cooperate in order to allow the fire crews to extinguish the blaze,” it said.

    Hassi said the national fire department refused to extinguish the fires, prompting volunteer firefighters to come forward to fight the flames with the help of oil installation guards.

    “They are doing their best to extinguish the fire and are working under difficult conditions,” Hassi said.

    A technician for Waha, the company responsible for running al-Sidra, said there are 19 storage tanks at the terminal with a total capacity of 6.2 million barrels of oil.

    The source, who declined to be named, estimated the amount of crude lost to the fire so far at more than 1.6 million barrels.

    In its statement, UNSMIL called attacks on oil installations a “clear violation” of U.N. Security Council resolutions on Libya.

    “Libyan oil belongs to all the Libyan people and is the country’s economic lifeline,” it said, urging all sides to “desist from any action that endangers this strategic national asset.”

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News...ibya-port.html

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    Libya hotel attack: Five foreigners among nine killed

    Militants have attacked a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.

    Several gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel and opened fire in the reception area. A car bomb also exploded nearby.

    Unconfirmed reports say some of the assailants have blown themselves up. The officials say the dead include one US and one French citizen.

    The security forces say the stand-off has now been brought to an end.

    The US State Department has confirmed the death of a US citizen, without giving any further details. The dead American is believed to have been a security contractor.

    The death of the French and American citizens have been confirmed by their respective governments.

    There are conflicting reports as to the total number of attackers.



    A Twitter account linked to Islamic State said the militant group had carried out the attack.

    There has been strong evidence to suggest an IS presence in the eastern city of Derna since October, with a group there publicly declaring allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    However the command structure is still a mystery to most foreign observers.

    The BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli says that in the past month there has been a string of incidents in western Libya, including abductions and bombings, that have been claimed by IS social media accounts.

    However our correspondent says that it has not been clearly established whether these groups are IS foot soldiers or people inspired by them.

    Attack threat
    A civilian who witnessed the attack told the BBC: "I suddenly heard shots and saw people running towards me, and we all escaped from the back [of the hotel] through the underground garage. The hotel did a lockdown after that."

    Different sources at the scene said there were between three and five attackers - video footage released later on Tuesday showed the body of a man reported to be one of the militants.

    A security source told the BBC that one gunman had been arrested. Four security guards are among the dead and several people are reported to be injured.



    A number of foreign companies have makeshift offices in the hotel, our correspondent says, and housing the few foreigners who remain in the Libyan capital has always been known to be risky.

    One hotel employee told the Associated Press news agency that the hotel was mostly empty at the time of the attack.

    Meanwhile, a hotel security source told the BBC that the hotel had received a threat "a few days ago" warning managers "to empty the building".

    'Revenge attack'
    The Corinthia Hotel is used by foreign diplomats and government officials. The UN Support Mission in Libya (Unsmil) has hosted several workshops at the hotel.

    Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni condemned the attack and pledged that those responsible for it would be brought to justice.

    Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief, also condemned the attack which took place as a second round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions ended in Geneva in what the UN described as a "positive atmosphere".



    The Twitter account linked to IS said the group had carried out the attack in revenge for the death of Abu Anas al-Liby, a Libyan jihadist who was suspected of involvement in the bombings of two US embassies in East Africa in 1998.

    Liby died in a US hospital on 2 January, days before he was due to stand trial.

    Libya has been hit by instability since the overthrow of long-time ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

    Numerous militias govern their own patches of territory, with successive governments struggling to exercise control.
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    Campbell’s central premise is that NATO, and its allies such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, took advantage of and exacerbated the crisis that emerged in Libya following the protests that began in February 2011. The ruling classes in NATO states exploited the Libyan protests to assert Western military and economic control in Africa and to curtail efforts to create African unity and autonomy from the West.

    Wikileaks cables show Qadhafi’s government was seen as a barrier to these aims, and NATO’s Libyan expedition was also propelled by frustration in the elite sectors of Western states over their inability to control Libyan assets in the financial sector.

    One of Campbell’s most important insights is that the decision of Western powers and their allies to seek regime change in Libya has to be understood in the context of the 2008 financial meltdown. Whereas in the crisis of the 1930s colonial powers forced Africans to increase agricultural production so they could continue extracting the same value from the continent that they had before the Depression, Campbell suggests that in response to the 2008 crisis imperial powers had to find new ways of prying wealth from African states because they are now formally independent.

    Taking advantage of the turmoil in Libya in early 2011 was one way to do that, particularly because European powers did not have as much access as they would have liked to resource-rich Africa, and the NATO states were alarmed by China’s increasing role on the continent. Even during the Qadhafi government’s détente with the West, the Libyan state remained an obstacle to Western imperialist endeavors such as the building of US Africa Command (AFRICOM) military bases.

    These tensions came to a head in early 2011, when, Campbell contends, elites in the US wanted to “preempt other revolutionary uprisings of the type and scale that removed the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt,” a goal that he says was “outlined by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., at a major seminar on the implications of the uprising in Egypt.”

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    Wow and some of us were told it was for democracy and to help the Libyan people. The irony these countries represented themselves as friends of Libyans

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