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    Rogue General's Forces Attack Libyan Parliament

    Armed men aim their weapons from a vehicle as smoke rises in the background near the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli May 18, 2014.
    Armed men aim their weapons from a vehicle as smoke rises in the background near the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli May 18, 2014.
    Edward Yeranian
    Armed men attacked the building where Libya's parliament was meeting Sunday.

    The operation was carried out by two militia units loyal to a retired general. As they stormed the building, they ransacking lawmakers' offices and fired automatic weapons into the air.  Shelling could also be heard in the vicinity of the building, as clouds of black smoke poured into the air.
     
    Libyan state TV reported the armed units kidnapped Speaker Nouri Bousahmein and seven other lawmakers.  Al Jazeera TV and the local Libyan al Mada network reported that Bousahmein denied he had been kidnapped.
    General Khalifa Haftar attends a news conference in Abyar, east of Benghazi, May 17, 2014.General Khalifa Haftar attends a news conference in Abyar, east of Benghazi, May 17, 2014.
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    General Khalifa Haftar attends a news conference in Abyar, east of Benghazi, May 17, 2014.
    General Khalifa Haftar attends a news conference in Abyar, east of Benghazi, May 17, 2014.

     
    Earlier, at a news conference, Bousahmein had called the attack by men loyal to former Army Chief of Staff Khalifa Haftar “a coup” against Libya's “legitimate government,” and called on opposing militias, belonging to mostly Islamist groups, to “counter the attacks.”  He said General Haftar and his supporters should be arrested.
     
    Haftar's supporters told Al Arabiya TV the attack on the parliament building was intended to “block the appointment of a new government” under businessmen Ahmed Maitiq.
     
    Maitiq's appointment as prime minister two weeks ago was disputed by top lawmakers who claimed his confirmation vote took place without a quorum.  Maitiq is supported by Islamist lawmakers and militias.  A pro-Western prime minister, Ali Zeidan, was removed from office in a disputed vote of no-confidence early last month.

    Haftar insisted in a video message broadcast on Arab TV networks that military operations he was conducting were in response to a demand by the Libyan people to “restore order” and “rid the country of terrorism.”
     
    Libya's outgoing caretaker Prime Minister Abdallah al Thani issued a statement read on Libyan TV, accusing Haftar's forces of trying to “topple Libya's legitimate government.”
     
    Forces loyal to Haftar blocked roads around the parliament building as well as a road leading to the capital's main airport.  Arab satellite channels also reported warplanes loyal to the general overflew the capital.  His forces fought against Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    May 18, 2014 7:20 PM
    MY OPINION? -- General Haftar is a (CIA) and US bought and paid for Libyan militia leader -- who is supported and supplied by the US government, to seize the Libyan government by force, and request NATO forces to help him bring stability to Libya -- (AND?) -- US military forces are already standing by in Cyprus, to seize the Libyan oil companies from the (6 million) Libyans...
    LIBYAN OIL AND GAS -- is what Europe needs, and General Haftar is going to deliver it to the Europeans, with the help of the CIA and the US government.. -- (I may be wrong, but lets see what General Haftar and the CIA, US, EU, and NATO does?) --- (that's my opinion, and what happens next, will see if I'm right or wrong?)..
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    by: ali baba from: new york
    May 18, 2014 10:18 PM
    manbill. .I believe that you fantasy is getting too far. CIA is not supported General Hafter. what you say is is absurd. the county is in anarchy state after they overthrown Quaddfi. . The Libyan Arsenal in the hand of terrorism either in Syria or in different African country. no drone attack, nor Cia involve. No army from other planet . it is Libyan against Libyan. it is tribe against other tribe . it happened in Algeria . morocco. Syria, Lebanon. Rwanda .Uganda. And ivory coast . you can ask the British colony about tribe conflict..you can go India when the severe civil war erupted in 1949 Or Sudan in Darfur and south Sudan. I hope my words help your imagination

    by: Clutilde from: France
    May 18, 2014 1:18 PM
    here we have a courageous General who want Islamists in Libya expunged from their villainous designs on Government... Which by the way, Islam does not recognize any sort of "Government" - and look at Obama trying to destroy this courageous General. The US has gone mad...

    by: meanbill from: USA
    May 18, 2014 12:52 PM
    Rumor has it that General Khafifa Haftar is supported and supplied weapons by the (CIA) and has been working for the US to kill the opposition to the western and Saudi oil and gas companies in Libya... (An underwater oil and gas pipeline to Cyprus and Europe is planned?). --
    PS; - US troops are in Cyprus now, waiting for General Khafifa Haftar to seize the Libyan government? -- IS he planning to seize the Libyan government (and ask for NATO military assistance), to seize the oil and gas from the 6 million Libyans --- and is that the real reason Qaddafi and his family had to die? -- and ambassador Stevens too?
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    by: ali baba from: new york
    May 18, 2014 10:28 PM
    CIA is no ta common factor in every conflict in the world .CIA is not have the ability to instigate civil war in different part of the world .it is not the interest of Us to instigate all the wars . people are suffering as a result of the war .

    by: ali baba from: new york
    May 18, 2014 12:42 PM
    it looks like another civil war will be erupted at Libya . This another proof positive that politician In US who supported the Libyan rebel had done another blunder . despite quadaffi his strange behavior and his former support to terrorism ,he is far better to Libya. than the rebel. , In US especially the genus from Harvard ,They .can not understand the nature of Arab behavior .once any body come to Washington and wear suit and tie and say he magic words which they are freedom and democracy. ,the us treasury will be open and arm will be given then later four American and the ambassador killed from the same people who claim freedom and democracy .what they did ,is a stab from he back

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