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Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases
Reuters ^ | 09/22/2012

Posted on 09/22/2012 9:38:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 22 (Reuters) - An Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi early on Saturday in a surge of anger against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

A spokesman for Ansar al-Sharia, which some U.S. and Libya officials blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last week in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, said it had evacuated its bases "to preserve security in the city".

In a dramatic sign of Libya's fragility, after sweeping through Ansar's bases the crowd went on to attack a pro-government militia, believing them to be Islamists, triggering an armed response in which at least 11 people were killed and more than 60 wounded.

The invasion of Ansar al-Sharia's compounds, which met little resistance, appeared to be part of a sweep of militia bases by police, troops and activists following a large demonstration against militia units in Benghazi on Friday.

Demonstrators pulled down militia flags and set a vehicle on fire inside what was once the base of Gaddafi's security forces.

Hundreds of men waving swords and even a meat cleaver chanted "Libya, Libya", "No more al Qaeda!" and "The blood we shed for freedom shall not go in vain!"

"After what happened at the American consulate, the people of Benghazi had enough of the extremists," demonstrator Hassan Ahmed said.

"They did not give allegiance to the army. So the people broke in and they fled.

"This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar al-Sharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi."

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 20120922; ansaralsharia; bengazi; benghazi; islamist; kenyanbornmuzzie; libya; northafrica; waronterror
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1 posted on 09/22/2012 9:38:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Color me a skeptic. Where were they on the night of?


2 posted on 09/22/2012 9:41:19 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can’t help but believe this is more about keeping American aid than support for America. Also, suspicious that the press is playing up a SMALL group uprising to pad Obama’s credentials - can’t be letting voters know that the Muslims feel more contempt for America now than they did when he took office now can we?


3 posted on 09/22/2012 9:42:48 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: Psalm 144
I'm of the same hue.
When I see them parading around Benghazi with Islamists' heads on pikes, I might re-think my skepticism.
4 posted on 09/22/2012 9:42:57 AM PDT by MarineDad
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To: SeekAndFind
Continuing to chant anti-Ansar slogans, the crowd, swelling into the thousands, moved on to attack a separate compound where the powerful pro-government Rafallah al-Sahati militia, safeguarding a big weapons store, opened fire on the assailants.

As looters later tried to leave the scene, vigilantes wielding clubs and machetes tried to prevent them driving off with heavy weapons.

Officials at three hospitals told a Reuters correspondent they had a total of five dead and more than 60 wounded from the night's violence.

Police found six more dead bodies near the compound on Saturday morning, police officer Ahmed Ali Agouri said.

"We came as peaceful protesters. When we got there they started shooting at us," student Sanad al-Barani said. "Five people were wounded beside me. They used 14.5 mm machineguns."

A crowd of thousands of protestors surrounds a militia compound. The militia opens up on them with .50 cal machine guns, and only kills 5 of them.

Seriously?

5 posted on 09/22/2012 9:48:07 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: SeekAndFind

puff story coverup to get dollars


6 posted on 09/22/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Psalm 144

The Libyan youth movement just returned from a state department sponsored exchange on “media literacy”. Sounds like more of the same thing we saw in Cairo with American left wing groups and the state department egging them on.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2934687/posts?page=7#7


7 posted on 09/22/2012 9:51:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like most religious militants, they consider their “holy” calling justification to do what ever they want.

This has always been the Achilles heel of these Islamist groups. Their rabid religious militant-ism eventually alienates the locals given enough time. It is what ultimately broke their back in Iraq. The locals finally turned on them.


8 posted on 09/22/2012 9:56:48 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who knew that some third world citizens can do what our gutless CIC and all his generals and all the forces at his command cannot - or will not - do.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 10:01:09 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: SeekAndFind

Astroturf by the Obama administration. You can bet they promised millions of dollars to certain people if they put on a good show of “outrage”.


10 posted on 09/22/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: SeekAndFind

The militia simply surrendered their compound when they learned the mob was coming.

They could have held their ground and engaged in a massacre.

Instead, they packed up and bugged out with all their weapons.

They’ll be back, or find a new base of operations.


11 posted on 09/22/2012 10:12:10 AM PDT by mojito
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To: dalebert

That is my take on this story too. Placate the Americans so the money won’t stop. Enough already with these countries.


12 posted on 09/22/2012 10:13:15 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: SeekAndFind

Was Steven Spielberg there producing this on zero’s behalf?

Wonder how much money this cost us..


13 posted on 09/22/2012 10:15:10 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: SeekAndFind

Reuters?... right....


14 posted on 09/22/2012 10:16:03 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: SeekAndFind

And we’re supposed to believe this because....???


15 posted on 09/22/2012 10:19:42 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Psalm 144

Since there was no organized protest, where did you expect them to be? They were at home.

Whether we want to believe it or not, many Libyans have come into contact with our citizens. They have developed relationships. They don’t buy the slop the radical extremists are selling.

Do they agree with us in all things? No. We shouldn’t expect them to.


16 posted on 09/22/2012 10:31:49 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I think they are going to keep their line of supply on Uncle Sugarteat open, and that is about it.


17 posted on 09/22/2012 10:36:01 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rest assured zero paid the muzzy scum to scoot out of town until he has more flexibility.


18 posted on 09/22/2012 10:38:38 AM PDT by soycd
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To: SeekAndFind

So, the they are able to push the militants back???
So, keep doing it???


19 posted on 09/22/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT by Leep (I'm a Chic-Fil-- A-merican)
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To: Psalm 144

And you may be right. Is there any chance you aren’t?

Yes.


20 posted on 09/22/2012 10:47:17 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: Psalm 144

Look, we helped them take out Khaddafy. Some of the Libyans are going to appreciate that.


21 posted on 09/22/2012 10:48:10 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes, that murder will continue to haunt us.


22 posted on 09/22/2012 10:52:35 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wanna bet this is a CIA operation ordered by Obama, with a lot of gold being passed around? Obama cannot afford to have this disaster stay out there when the debates roll around. This paid “pro-American” riot will enable him to tell Romney: “The Libyan people have risen up to reject the terrorists because of my leadership and support”.


23 posted on 09/22/2012 10:52:39 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

The exception which prooves the rule. If it happened here, why not in OTHER Islamist countries?

Possibly the fact that there is a Berber population in Libya and Berbers are not Arabs.


24 posted on 09/22/2012 10:58:39 AM PDT by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: Psalm 144

It will? In a country like Libya, that’s known as justice.

The guy had been living on borrowed time since we found out he backed the Lockerby massacre.

If I’ve misunderstood you, I appologize, but if you’re referring to Khaddafy (how ever you spell it), then I don’t give his death a second thought.

There is a case to be made that he was not causing trouble anymore, and that his replacement could bring years of turmoil. I’ve made it.

I’m sure not going to lament the way he came to an end though. It was long overdue.

I appreciate the response.


25 posted on 09/22/2012 11:00:53 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: tacticalogic

If you have a belt of about 50-100 rounds of 50 caliber in the box, and no more handy, and nowhere to retreat, and you look out at a crowd of 10,000 coming at you waving swords, etc....

You do the math, and realize that after your belt is expended, you will be torn to pieces, literally, ripped to shreds.

And no 72 virgins for killing other Muslims.


26 posted on 09/22/2012 11:04:06 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
After the U.S. invasion of Iraq Qaddafi agreed to give up his WMD programs and sponsorship of terrorism. This happened not just because Qaddafi feared George Bush but also because the Libyan economy was on the skids. This was due in part from years of economic sanctions and the pariah image.

In 2005 Qaddafi invited Western oil companies back into Libya and they responded. These include ConocoPhillips, Marathon, Hess, Occidental, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and others. Since then Libya has been going through a slow transformation from socialism to a free market economy. European and U.S. businessmen have helped in creating a real estate and development industry based around miles of Mediterranean beaches and mild climate.

This has boosted the Libyan entrepreneur class. It was reported at the beginning of the insurrection that it was being financed in part by Libyan businessmen engaged in the illegal transportation of African migrants to Europe. When Qaddafi tilted to the West he agreed to crack down on this trade to placate the UN and EU.

I think the revolt was also spurred on by British Petroleum who was secretly negotiating with an ad hoc group of Libyan dissident groups to get cheaper oil if Qaddafi was overthrown.

So I think there is a large group of Libyans who want a capitalistic, secular society as opposed to a theocracy. They just elected a moderate government. And one way for the rabid dogs to attack the new government happened of Sept. 11.

27 posted on 09/22/2012 11:07:17 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Travis McGee

That would explain choosing not to fire, but that doesn’t fit what they say happened.


28 posted on 09/22/2012 11:18:16 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

The whole thing stinks if you ask me especially in light of the fact that the state department just hosted some Libyans for 3 weeks of “media literacy” training.

If they’re all about peace and harmony they can do it without us and come see us after a decade or so.


29 posted on 09/22/2012 11:28:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s about time for obama to say:

Under my plan, the Islamist militia first kills the American ambassador, burns the building, and that red and white flag with those star thingies on it. Then there is a ground roots attack by the people on the heavily armed militia and they push them out.

This is how I planned to get the Islamists out of power and it worked perfectly. Now that I have brought peace to Libya, and restored the image of America in all the countries of the world, the American public can see my genius in foreign affairs is much better than anything that rich job killer Romney could ever hope to do.

Now I can back to my plan of continuing to advance the unbelievable recovery of the American economy by building more roads and bridges after I donate hundreds of billions to the unions for several more years.

I need to cut this short since to get out and play some more golf. Michelle and the kids keep pestering me about what school the kids are going to go to next year in Hawaii. It’s just a little joke they keep pulling on me.


30 posted on 09/22/2012 11:29:10 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s suspiciously consistent with the narrative coming from the WH about the attacks being the work of a handful of dissidents, and too long after the fact to be a spontaneous reaction.


31 posted on 09/22/2012 11:32:19 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: AdamBomb
Was Steven Spielberg there producing this on zero’s behalf?

Yeah, this is Libbywood.

32 posted on 09/22/2012 11:33:18 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cincinna; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind. This gave me a little laugh, and a little chill up my spine at the same time:
"This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar al-Sharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi."

33 posted on 09/22/2012 11:38:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tacticalogic

Red flags went up for me as soon as I saw Libya youth and Benghazi youth start popping up all over twitter last night. Its the same leftist community organized crap that led the charge in Egypt and Syria.

I suspect we’ll see it develop into islamic marxism. The Baath party reborn.


34 posted on 09/22/2012 11:39:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: onevoter

Indeed, activists and pro-government forces would be called a pogrom in other times. Since when non-profit activists picked up weapons with a government?

Sounds like an OWS ops to me from the Soros “Open Society” system.


35 posted on 09/22/2012 11:42:43 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: tacticalogic
They used 14.5 mm machineguns."

The militia opens up on them with .50 cal machine guns,

.57 cal MGs actually.

36 posted on 09/22/2012 11:53:58 AM PDT by xone
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To: tacticalogic

I generally assume that we have heard about 25% of a given story coming out of the ME, and that most of it is wrong.


37 posted on 09/22/2012 11:54:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
Video and Israeli intel must confirm this or I just chalk it up to another obamao produced lie.

LLS

38 posted on 09/22/2012 12:02:03 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: SeekAndFind

Our mercenaries payday.


39 posted on 09/22/2012 12:03:18 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like a Saturday night in Chicago.


40 posted on 09/22/2012 12:16:55 PM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: xone
Almost .59 cal.

Bullet diameter 14.88 mm (0.586 in)

41 posted on 09/22/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT by xone
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems everything is done in a fit of anger. How do they plan picnics? Just get real POd and suddenly decide to swoop down on a park somewhere and start eating everything in sight?


42 posted on 09/22/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Be careful what you wish for for others. Ask the dead ambassador.


43 posted on 09/22/2012 5:20:14 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

Please don’t equate the treachery that saw a man that tried to do good things for Libyans as well has United States citizen slaughtered, with the death of the likes of a man that ordered a 747 chuck full of people to be blown out of the sky at altitude.

You do see a moral difference right? Seriously!

Khadaffy was a mass murderer.


44 posted on 09/22/2012 8:02:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne

He was a mass murderer who had been turned into a US asset. His murder at the hands of NATO, State Department, ICC, UN Al Quaeda et al just proved to the world that cooperation with the US is suicidal. The dead ambassador was in the thick of that putsch, sowed the wind, and reaped the whirlwind. Our intermeddling in Libyan affairs killed far more than the airline atrocity, and will continue to do so.

Like the dead ambassador, the US sows the wind.


45 posted on 09/22/2012 8:18:17 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: mass55th

“Man bites dog”

As noted above, the militias simply bugged out. If they had thought this was a real counterjihad they would have killed as many “apostates” as they could.

Too neat, too simple. Sorry, not buying.


46 posted on 09/23/2012 9:06:01 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The first rule of assassination - assassinate the assassins.

It seems to be in full force here.


47 posted on 09/23/2012 9:29:37 AM PDT by bluecat6
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To: SeekAndFind

>>>”Hundreds of men waving swords and even a meat cleaver chanted “Libya, Libya”, “No more al Qaeda!” and “The blood we shed for freedom shall not go in vain!”<<<

Rubbish.
Roughly 8 out of 10 are alqaeda types, even if not called alqaeda. Gotta define what is meant by alqaeda.


48 posted on 09/23/2012 10:38:07 AM PDT by odds
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To: DoughtyOne
All this is theater played out by useful idiots being whipped into frenzy by the propaganda machine

It sure looks like ambassador Stevens was killed by a mercenary force doing a contract for Obama and Hillary, The leader of the force was released from gitmo by Eric Holder in '07

The original event supposedly caused by the "infidel" movie was a diversion created by our administration to make it look like a mob did it

according to reports, there was no mob

only a small team of assasins

49 posted on 09/23/2012 10:41:25 AM PDT by KTM rider
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To: DoughtyOne
It appears that Kaddaffy was taken out by a US backed mercenary force so that the EU could secure the Libyan treasury without protest to the UN or allies by Kaddaffy.

Ambassador Stevens was ordered taken out by that same mercenary force because he knew all the specific details and Stevens was a loose end Obama and Hillary needed to tidy up before the Nov election

50 posted on 09/23/2012 11:02:46 AM PDT by KTM rider
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