Bravo all of you Libyan "humanitarian interventionists"! Heck of a job, all of you.
U.S. plan for new, Western-trained Libyan force faces obstacles
The United States and its partners, who say they are training to “NATO standards,” are not the only ones moving to fill the security vacuum. A wealth of outside actors are rushing to bolster favored militias or to capitalize on the oil-rich country’s prevailing anarchy. Turkey is conducting military training for up to 3,000 Libyan recruits, and wealthy Persian Gulf states — as well as private companies and black-market arms dealers — are supplying favored groups. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia also have expressed willingness to play a role in training Libya’s security forces, U.S. officials said.
“We have certainly seen multiple agendas playing out in the course of multiple external partners,’’ said the U.S. defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the touchy situation and U.S. goals.
Even as the United States is shipping Humvees to the government, a Qatari businessman, who insisted that his name not be used, said he recently completed a $14.8 million deal that would supply 100 armored Toyota Land Cruisers to Islamist militias under the umbrella of Libya’s Interior Ministry.
Islamist militia leaders accuse the United Arab Emirates, Qatar’s gulf rival, of trying to counter Qatar’s influence by funneling money and training to more secular groups, particularly the Qaqaa brigade, a militia from Zintan that backs the National Forces Alliance.
“Most of the guys who will get this training are from the Gaddafi regime,” said Moheidin al-Mejberi, an Islamist militia leader in Benghazi, referring to the more secular tribal alliance and the Zintan militias.
Libya Spends Foreign Reserves to Offset Oil Losses
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan says the government has allocated $7 billion of its foreign reserves to offset the loss of oil revenue caused by militias shutting down oil terminals and halting exports since the summer, and that it will need $6 billion more.
Libyan assembly votes to follow Islamic law
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's national assembly voted on Wednesday to make sharia, Islamic law, the basis of all legislation and for state institutions in a decision that may impact banking, criminal and financial laws.
Libyan cities face blackouts soon due to protests -state media Reuters
Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still in messy transition with no new constitution and its temporary assembly caught in deadlock between an Islamist party and political rivals.
@AardvarkBlue Sharia law doesn't show that NATO-intervention in Libya failed; the mayhem, violence, and slide toward civil war do, however.— David Mizner (@DavidMizner) December 4, 2013
Onward! Upward! to fix that Syrian country for 'em too.
Update: I rearranged the articles excerpted in this diary because in the comments, it seems that nobody even looked at the other two articles, which I put there for a good reason. So the content of the diary has not changed at all (save for the addition of this update paragraph) and the only thing that has changed is that all three articles now appear in the same block and they are in a different order to encourage readers to consider all three of them.