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United States pulls embassy staff from Libya after militia clashes in Tripoli
Heavy clashes erupt over Tripoli airport, at least four dead
90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance
US citizens threatened with attack, kidnap in Libya after terror raid
Millions in advanced US weaponry stolen by Libyan jihadis
Libyan militants allied with terrorist groups stole millions of dollars in high-grade American military equipment, including armored Humvees and advanced night-vision goggles, during raids on a U.S. special forces base outside of Tripoli last summer.
Fox News reports that anonymous sources in the State Department and military confirmed the theft, which is far worse than the few guns first assumed stolen earlier this month. In addition to hundreds of M4 automatic rifles and Glock pistols, nearly every set of available night-vision goggles and laser-targeting devices were snatched during two night-time raids on the compound in July and August.
Even more ominously, 23 Ground Mobility Vehicles, heavily armored Humvees with GPS navigation systems and weapons mounts for grenade launchers, are also missing.
“It’s not just equipment… It’s the capability,” one source told Fox. “You are giving these dangerous groups the capability that only a few nations are capable of… All these militias are tied to terrorist organizations and are tied to [jihadist movements].”
Lebanese city of Tripoli rocked by deadly explosions
(BBC) At least 27 people have been killed and more than 350 injured by two blasts in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, officials say.
As Friday prayers ended, a blast hit the al-Taqwa mosque, usually attended by prominent Sunni cleric Sheikh Salem Rafii. His fate is not clear.
A second blast five minutes later hit the al-Salam mosque.
At least 27 killed Lebanon’s Tripoli blasts: minister
(Reuters) – The death toll from twin blasts that hit two mosques in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Friday has gone up to 27, the health minister said.
“So far, we have 27 martyrs and 358 wounded,” Ali Hassan Khalil told Reuters.
(Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Alison Williams)
Gunmen Surround Libya Foreign Ministry
Vehicles, mounted with anti-aircraft guns are parked outside the foreign ministry that has been surrounded by gunmen demanding it be “cleansed of agents” and ambassadors of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi on April 28, 2013 in the Libyan capital Tripoli. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
By Associated Press | April 28, 2013
TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan military official says about 200 armed men are surrounding the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli, demanding the ministry to reform and hire former fighters who helped overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Esam al-Naas said 38 trucks, some mounted with machineguns, had surrounded the ministry on Sunday. The men allege that many supporters of the old regime are still occupying senior positions in the ministry and its missions abroad.
He said negotiations with the protesters are underway and that no one has entered the ministry building.
Gunman Storm Libyan TV, Seize Staff
Gunmen stormed headquarters of a privately-owned Libyan television station on Thursday, abducting the channel’s owner and four journalists.
Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a privately-owned Libyan televisionstation on Thursday, abducting the channel’s owner and four journalists.
Alassema TV owner Jomaa Al-Osta and four of his staff were detained by unknown assailants, the parliament’s human rights commission said in a statement.
According to the AFP news agency, the commission urged the interior ministry “to intervene immediately to release the prisoners.”
Mohammed al-Sharkassi, an anchor at Alassema TV, told a national news channel he was seized briefly outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.”
Speaking on Libya al-Ahrar television, Sharkassi said he was questioned by his abductors and told he would be freed “on condition that I leave Tripoli.”
He said his abductors were “former rebels from Tripoli… angered by the editorial policies of Alassema TV”, but did not elaborate.
The station is known to be close to the liberal coalition which came ahead of Islamists in last July’s legislative elections.
Mahmud Jibril, who heads the National Forces Alliances coalition, was an architect of the 2011 revolt that toppled Moamer Qaddafi.
Libya al-Ahrar said that several attackers, some of them armed, stormed the headquarters of Alassema TV on Thursday afternoon.
“They entered through the windows,” it said.
Libya’s official Lana news agency also reported that unidentified assailants stormed the channel, causing “great damage”, but did not elaborate.
Security forces were deployed outside Alassema TV following the attack, according toAFP.
Private newspapers and television stations have flourished in Libya since the ouster of Qaddafi, who had banned private media and any criticism of more than four decades of his iron-fisted rule.