WASHINGTON — It looks like another Libyan civil war, or tribal war, is going to erupt. After the ouster of dictator Moamar Qaddafi, the country was supposed to pick up the pieces and coalesce, at least that’s what some politicians mistakenly believed.
Reuters reported that gunfights broke out again between the current government militia and pro-Islamist forces.
In Benghazi, the site of the devastating terrorist attack on an American consulate that killed four Americans (including the country’s ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Steven), the Libyan army fought with pro-Islamist militamen. The pro-Islamist militia have seized parts of the oil-rich country after the civil war ended. The primary Islamist group, Ansar al-Sharia, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, has taken on the government army head-on.
The country is very unstable and now Libyans are upset at both the inept government and the Islamist fighters.