Skip to comments.Libya sets Benghazi no-fly zone after clashes
Posted on 05/18/2014 6:48:33 AM PDT by Seizethecarp
A no-fly zone has been imposed over Libya's second city of Benghazi, the army has announced.
The move follows clashes between a paramilitary force and Islamist militants which resulted in 43 deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The BBC's Rana Jawad in the capital, Tripoli, says that the no-fly zone declared by the army chief is an attempt to prevent the new paramilitary force from using air power against Islamist militias in Benghazi.
Our correspondent say that it is unclear how the army will deliver on its statement to shoot down any military aircraft flying over the city.
The Libyan army declared the no-fly zone after forces of retired colonel and former rebel commander Khalifa Haftar used at least one helicopter during fighting on Friday.
Col Haftar also launched a ground assault on Benghazi's Islamist militia brigades.
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There wouldn't be some sort of Islamist safe haven government on the ground in Libya declaring no fly zones now would there?
If this guy can get enough of the other other militia leaders to follow him, he will become Libya’s next supremo.
This is certainly a complex web of forces, as the article says in the last sentence. There are the jihadists militias, the paramilitary militias fighting the jihadists, the ‘army’, which seems to sympathize with the jihadists.
So, let me get this straight. Our illegal incursion into Libya was instigated by the late ruler’s threat to mop up Benghazi. Right?
I think I would prefer a “No Lie Zone” over Washington about Benghazi.