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Written by Alrassed Alliby Editor
9 Sep 2013 12:09 am
The Washington Post: Libya's weak government is struggling to control the hundreds of armed militias

The Washington Post: Libya's weak government is struggling to control the hundreds of armed militias

The America newspaper "The Washington Post" said that the weak Libyan government has little control over the security in the country after two years of revolution Arab Spring, which toppled the dictator "Muammar Gaddafi", and a year after the attack on the american compound in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador "Christopher Stevens "and three others.

The newspaper added that even small differences turn into frequent violence with weapons in the streets, and that the acts of kidnapping and armed robbery is increasing, and officials government are killed with guns and bombs, also gunmen and smugglers of weapons can cross the border with Chad, Niger, easily, and which have bad protection .

And noted that the mysterious security situation threatens the stability of the desert state, where there is the largest oil reserves in North Africa, as a new cause of tension in the region, which is already suffering from the escalation of violence in Egypt, and the possibility of a U.S. military strike in Syria. and at the time when the government seeks to rebuild the country after 42 years of dictatorship, the government leaves the security in the hands of hundreds of private armed militias better than the Libyan police and army in terms of training and equipment. The militias, which are mostly formed to topple Gaddafi in the revolution, consist of a group of dozens of men and up to the regular forces of the fighters, and appeared in the villages, towns and cities all over the country which is million people, including traders and farmers, and formed militias on the basis of family, tribe and Religious Relations, and got weapons from the big arsenal of "Gaddafi".

The newspaper reported that after the death of Gaddafi, many of fighters has been considered as champions of war, and did not get rid of their weapons, noting that many of them are still fighting with guns, some of them turned to criminal gangs, some extremist religious,which making it difficult to determine who will help in the transition phase in Libya after the revolution, and who would hinder it.The newspaper pointed out that the most powerful man in these militias may be "Hashim Beshr," head of the state security court in Tripoli, "and has a bachelor's degree in library science from the University of Libya, and studied Islamic law at a later time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Tunisia. He said, because of the weakness of the police, the State Security Court is the only option to fill the security vacuum that resulted from the war in the country, where it gets to requests to investigate the abductions and mediate in disputes between husbands and wives