Skip to comments.Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare
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.
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.
Over the past year, militants in Benghazi have attacked the British envoys motorcade, the offices of the International Red Cross, the U.S. Consulate and Italys 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 chiefs death, was abducted and is still missing.
Libyas 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 Algerias porous borders and seek safe havens in Libya.
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Has Obama ordered the drones to stand down yet?
“What possible difference could it make?”
They find those MANPADS yet?
Don't care. Don't care one iota. The whole country's not worth one drop of American blood.
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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...
Poor Ben. He’s had so much trouble of late.
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.
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.
What difference does it make?
Thanks very much for the “Arab Spring” Mister Marxist Moslem Obama.
It’s gonna get much worse, onyx. Here AND there.
Incredible, Hillary just retired like 2 days ago and already the entire middle east is falling apart. We need her back stat.
“It isn’t my fault. I already resigned.”
Send John Kerry will fit it!
Is this Hilary’s policy of “overcharge” or Obama’s policy of appeasement?
At least the nominally docile Libyan dictator is gone.
I think you've got it. This is another Obama success story. He is spreading chaos and establishing the Greater Caliphate.
Big trouble is brewing in Northern Africa.