Libya: battle of the branches of power

The "Command center of the Libyan revolutionaries" let Prime Minister Ali Zidan free again

Libyan (interim) Ali Zidan has been released, Minister of State Mohammed Abdelasis announced to a news agency. Was he now "kidnapped" been released, as the news reported in this country this morning, or "arrested", as the group whose armed task force drove him from a Tripoli hotel early this morning told another news agency??

The question "Kidnapping" or "Arrest" also addressed the action of the U.S. Special Forces, whose men last Saturday killed Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, alias Anas al-Libi, on open street "detained" and allegedly transferred to a U.S. warship. The operation was considered by the Libyan government as "Kidnapping" (Instead of dead, re-abducted?).

The two events are linked, at least according to a statement by the Libyan militia, whose name was given in English as "The Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries" is reproduced. According to this, the action against the head of the government Zidan was motivated by a remark of the U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, which suggested that the Libyan government knew about the U.S. operation against al-Libi and approved the U.S. mission, as opposed to the public disapproval.

Thus it came about that Libya is once again the scene of peculiar events, which are not easy to understand. The USA is trying to get hold of a man, Abu Anas al-Libi, who is considered to be a member of al-Qaeda. The acts he is accused of in this context – involvement in attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania – date back 15 years.

Why did the attack take place now??

And why did it take place when the U.S. government should have had an inkling that the action risked getting the Libyan interim government into trouble? If bloggers are predicting major controversies immediately after al-Libi’s capture, then U.S. leaders, who have a good intelligence network in Libya, may have known this beforehand as well.

What was their interest? A "PR campaign", for Obama, who is under attack from the shutdown, to win points in the public eye as a terror fighter and solidify a tough profile to hold a better hand in the tussle with Republicans?

American and Libyan domestic politics

The amption that U.S. Operation al-Liby was actually aimed at the domestic political audience could also be amed for Operation Ali Zidan. Es ist eine Machtdemonstration mit starken innenpolitischen Signalen. The "Command Center of the Libyan Revolutionaries" is reportedly closely linked to the Ministry of the Interior.

Prime Minister Zidan in a photo showing the "Command Center of the Libyan Revolutionaries" spreading love

At times it was reported that the kidnapped head of government was being held in rooms of the Ministry of Interior, which almost gives the action of armed militiamen an official air, even though no prosecutor has ied any official papers. The official veneer, however, is fundamentally undermined by other reports, such as gunmen attempting to storm the seat of government earlier this week in response to al-Libi’s capture.

The government supported by the West is only a layer of varnish, long flaked, full of cracks, according to the impression. Among them are power struggles fought by armed groups or tribes over their territory of rule. The control over oilfields and weapons, respectively. Arms supplies play a rough role in this, the war in Syria plays into it.

olfields and weapons and a "mixture of strikers, militias and political activists"

According to Reuters, the stock market immediately reacted to the news of the kidnapping of the head of government The prices for Brent oil immediately rose. Libyan oil resources are important, the work of the Libyan government depends on oil revenues and thus on foreign interests and the internal Libyan power struggles for oil. That a "mixture of strikers, militias and political activists" The oil fields and ports blocked for two months, as Reuters writes, shows that the government is only one branch of power among others.

As the BBC reports from "Western intelligence circles" reports, Libya is considered the world’s largest unsecured weapons cache, with a "millions of tons of weapons", Since the uprising against Gaddafi, their whereabouts have been uncertain. In this huge arms depot Libya allegedly also 3.000 to 8.000 Manpads, shoulder-launched surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile system badly wanted by Syrian rebels. Why they have not yet found their way to Syria, or at least not in large numbers, is a mystery in view of the many Tunisians and Libyans fighting in Syria.

The assassination of U.S. Ambassador Stevens at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September is also reportedly linked to arms shipments. As later came to light – by coincidence also with official confirmation – the USA kept an important CIA base in the consulate. That the latter also dealt with developments in Syria is also considered as certain. Unconfirmed, but not implausible, are speculations that the CIA was involved in Benghazi in supplying weapons to Syrian opponents of Assad.

One conclusion can already be drawn from this: the USA is not uninvolved in the strange outlaw state in the country, where kidnappings and arrests are used as synonyms.

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