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Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare
Washington Times ^ | Sunday, February 3, 2013 | Ashish Kumar Sen

Posted on 02/03/2013 8:02:29 PM PST by Pan_Yan

Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent.

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In January, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada urged their citizens to leave Benghazi. The British Foreign Office said it was aware of “a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi.”

Several nongovernmental organizations already have left.

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Over the past year, militants in Benghazi have attacked the British envoy’s motorcade, the offices of the International Red Cross, the U.S. Consulate and Italy’s top diplomat in Libya. The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, State Department officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Westerners are not the only targets.

At least two dozen security officers, including Benghazi's police chief, have been killed over the past year. The head of the criminal investigative division, who was investigating the police chief’s death, was abducted and is still missing.

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Libya’s weak government, police force and judiciary have done little to arrest or prosecute those responsible for the attacks.

“The Libyan government does not have the strength” to tackle this problem, said Karim Mezran, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. “The government has been paralyzed and has allowed the jihadist groups to establish camps in the south and in the east.”

The conflict in Mali has heightened security concerns in Libya. Western and Libyan officials are worried that Islamist militants fleeing the French military offensive will cross Algeria’s porous borders and seek safe havens in Libya.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedaafrica; arabworld; bengazi; bho44; libya; oup

1 posted on 02/03/2013 8:02:37 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Has Obama ordered the drones to stand down yet?


2 posted on 02/03/2013 8:05:40 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Pan_Yan

Forward!


3 posted on 02/03/2013 8:08:06 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: Pan_Yan

“What possible difference could it make?”

They find those MANPADS yet?


4 posted on 02/03/2013 8:09:11 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan
“The Libyan government does not have the strength” to tackle this problem, said Karim Mezran....

Don't care. Don't care one iota. The whole country's not worth one drop of American blood.

6 posted on 02/03/2013 8:25:51 PM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
More good news from our friends in Libya.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


Benghazi Index

7 posted on 02/03/2013 8:27:42 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Pan_Yan
“The Libyan government does not have the strength” to tackle this problem, said Karim Mezran....

Don't care - not one iota. None, nada, zip... The whole country's not worth one drop of American blood.

Good bye Libya, good luck and stay away from Israel...

8 posted on 02/03/2013 8:29:35 PM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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To: Pan_Yan

Poor Ben. He’s had so much trouble of late.


9 posted on 02/03/2013 8:30:07 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Pan_Yan

The thing that amazes me is that there are any westerners in any moslem country at all.

The only reason to go their is to drop a bomb and then come home. We don’t even need boots on the ground. A few good neutron bombs (curse you jimmy carter) and the problem would be solved.


10 posted on 02/03/2013 8:35:43 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Pan_Yan

11 posted on 02/03/2013 8:35:50 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GOPJ

Obama will find a way to build his caliphate and use his proxies to whack Israel.

All at America’s expense, one way or another.


13 posted on 02/03/2013 8:40:22 PM PST by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: Pan_Yan

What difference does it make?


14 posted on 02/03/2013 8:41:24 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MestaMachine

Thanks very much for the “Arab Spring” Mister Marxist Moslem Obama.


15 posted on 02/03/2013 8:58:01 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: onyx

It’s gonna get much worse, onyx. Here AND there.


16 posted on 02/03/2013 9:02:06 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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Incredible, Hillary just retired like 2 days ago and already the entire middle east is falling apart. We need her back stat.


17 posted on 02/03/2013 9:17:54 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: F15Eagle

Hillary:

“It isn’t my fault. I already resigned.”


18 posted on 02/03/2013 10:37:38 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: Pan_Yan
Maybe if we give them some brand spanking new F-16’s, they'll behave themselves. It's working for Egypt, RIGHT?
19 posted on 02/03/2013 11:04:24 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Send John Kerry will fit it!


20 posted on 02/03/2013 11:05:09 PM PST by funfan
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To: UCANSEE2
We need to get those F-16s and Abrams Tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt STAT!

hillary clinton not now ambassador benghazi liar Obama scolds hillary about benghazi disaster

21 posted on 02/04/2013 3:00:01 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Pan_Yan

Is this Hilary’s policy of “overcharge” or Obama’s policy of appeasement?

At least the nominally docile Libyan dictator is gone.


22 posted on 02/04/2013 3:31:47 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: himno hero
"Obama will find a way to build his caliphate and use his proxies to whack Israel. All at America’s expense, one way or another."

I think you've got it. This is another Obama success story. He is spreading chaos and establishing the Greater Caliphate.

23 posted on 02/04/2013 3:50:10 AM PST by Truth29
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To: himno hero

Prophetic.

Big trouble is brewing in Northern Africa.


25 posted on 02/04/2013 1:36:57 PM PST by miserare
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