Entries in Militias (2)


Libyan Army Taking Control of Militias

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- By absorbing militias into its army, Libya is taking concrete steps to gain control of paramilitary groups that may have had a hand in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi two weeks ago that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

There has been a backlash against militias since the Sept. 11 assault, with pro-U.S. demonstrations occurring in Benghazi and other cities.

However, things came to a head late Monday when at the end of 48-hour deadline for militias to disarm, Mohamed Magarief, the head of the newly elected National Congress, announced that there would be new leadership for the Benghazi Islamist militias, Rafallah al-Sahati and the February 17 Brigades.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur said, "We are now in a process of democracy.  The brigades that are voluntarily disarming will receive training and integration into the police and army."

Nonetheless, it will take more than a decree to bring stability to Libya as government forces in Tripoli came under fire Tuesday by a militia from the city of Misrata.  No casualties were reported.

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Libya Tries Outlawing Unsanctioned Militias

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Militias not under government control in Libya will no longer be tolerated in the wake of an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi two weeks ago that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

Mohammed Magarief, the top member of the Libyan national congress, announced over the weekend that he will quickly move to disband militias to guarantee laws are administrated by police and not unsanctioned paramilitary units.

Magarief's decision came shortly after Benghazi residents, upset at the death of Stevens, forced the Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia out of their city.

Many feel that Ansar-al-Sharia was involved in a coordinated strike against the consulate, while al Qaeda -- its sympathizers -- were also blamed.

With guns having proliferated in Libya since the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi a year ago, it's been harder to discern who will use their weapons to help prop up the still fledgling democracy.

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