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Libyan Government Takes Over Militia Bases After Deadly Clashes

Members of the Libyan National Army make their way to the gates of pro-government Rafalla al-Sihati brigade after demonstrators attacked the brigade's base in Benghazi city, September 22, 2012.
Members of the Libyan National Army make their way to the gates of pro-government Rafalla al-Sihati brigade after demonstrators attacked the brigade's base in Benghazi city, September 22, 2012.
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Libyan authorities have taken control of militia bases in the eastern city of Benghazi, following unrest that left 11 people dead and more than 60 others wounded.

The clashes outside the jihadist militia compounds followed large-scale protests Friday in which tens of thousands of Libyan marched through Benghazi, demanding the dissolution of the militant groups.  

The protesters ousted the jihadist militia Ansar al-Shariah from its headquarters, and seized the bases of other armed militias in Benghazi.  Ansar al-Shariah has been linked to the assault that killed four Americans there last week, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.  The group denies the allegation.

The United States said Saturday that anger against militias in Benghazi is a sign that Libyans are not prepared to allow extremists to dominate. Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House said it is the view of the U.S. administration that the Libyan people will not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob.

The four Americans were killed in Benghazi amid violent protests over a U.S.-made amateur movie that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Demonstrations against the movie continue throughout the Muslim world.

Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, the militias have grown stronger - boasting arsenals of automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and pick-up trucks with heavy machine guns.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 22, 2012 2:30 PM
This is the first step, only if they are sincere. It will be a welcome development if one of the core islamic countries like Libya will show the way to be accommodating and cohabitation. It makes the world a safer place for everyone and shames the likes of Pakistan, Egypt, Iran and Turkey who refuse to be tamed after several efforts - only if the feelers are correct. But you never know with these people who can tell you lies just because you don't belong to their religion, and their god accepts it from them. Do I hear someone scream 'lying god!'?Just today we learn that one of Iran's own has disclosed that Iran has not been sincere in its dealing with the IAEA over its nuclear program. This after their spiritual leader severally sworn that there is nothing hidden in their nuclear program termed peaceful. Well, that's Iranian diplomacy. Maybe we can take Libya on the face value hoping no one will wake us up one morning to say, 'hey, we were just fooling you about the whole deal'. For you never know with them.

by: Philip Smeeton from: Oslo
September 22, 2012 9:35 AM
Libya is well on the way towards becoming an Islamic State. The Islamists are gaining ground in every Muslim country because the Islamists are the True Muslims. We have to isolate these nations and deny their citizens entry to our countries, otherwise homegrown Islamic terrorism will increase as Islam strives to subdue us and our concept of freedom.

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