WASHINGTON — The Libyan parliament was stormed by heavily armed gunmen this past Sunday and demanded that the proceedings be suspended, which was led by a former army general that is vowing to purge the country of Islamist militants.
Reuters reported that the gunmen raided the offices of the General National Congress and smoke appeared from a distance. The attack took place in the city of Tripoli, where there is infighting between rival ex-rebel forces since the end of the 2011 civil war.
Loyalists belonging to the former and retired General Khalifa Haftar claimed credit for the attack, which they wanted to use to get rid of Islamist hardliners that are destabilizing the country. On television, a former military police officer named Colonel Mukhtar Fernana told the public, “We announce the freezing of the GNC.”
It was not a coup, he said, but declared that the parliament was illegitimate and should hand over their power to a 6o-member body in charge of rewriting the country’s constitution.
Ever since Libyan dictator Muamar Qaddafi was killed in the 2011 civil war, the country has been in a state of chaos ever since. The American consulate at Benghazi was attacked on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 and resulted in four dead Americans. The American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was one of the four Americans murdered in the attack. The details about the terrorist attack, and why the Obama administration blamed an amateur video instead of al-Qaeda, are still coming to the surface due to the hard work of Accuracy in Media’s Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi.