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From the Shores of Tripoli
US Citizens Told to Leave Libya, Marines Deployed to Assist

Time to cancel that timeshare in Tripoli. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of State urged all citizens to avoid Libya, and those currently in the country to “depart immediately.” The Navy has dispatched the USS Bataan and a force of 1,000 Marines to assist in the event of an evacuation. The WSJ reports:

Tripoli, the Libyan capital, is being increasingly consumed by destabilizing violence, including recent attacks on the parliament and the incoming prime minister’s home. […]

Rival militant groups have vied for control, fighting that has only intensified in recent weeks.

A rogue Libyan general, Khalifa Hifter, has been waging battles against Islamist militants with attacks in Tripoli and the main eastern city, Benghazi, that have created the immediate crisis. Militants have been lining up in support or in opposition to Gen. Hifter, who has called for the suspension of the Islamist-dominated parliament and creation of an emergency cabinet to oversee a process leading to new parliamentary elections.

As we have written for some time, the Western intervention in Libya was half-hearted and poorly planned. With emergent strongmen vying with Islamic terrorists for control of a chaotic country, we do not expect the situation to improve. Clearly, now neither does the State Department.

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  • lukelea

    Same thing sure to happen in Syria if top guy toppled. Anybody care to bet not? Should be conventional wisdom by now, no?

    • LivingRock

      Sure to happen if top guy toppled? Syria obviously already is a huge mess, even w/o Assad gone from power. And I would guess Assad upholding some sort of regional power won’t be a return to pre-civil war stability . If Assad isn’t toppled my guess would be he maintains some sort of control over certain regions while the extremists and other ethnic groups not aligned with Assad maintain autonomy in “Syria”.

      It’s strange logical leap to me to suggest that some sort of intervention will only cause a post-leadership-topple Libya type situation in Syria. Can it get any worse in Syria at this point, and will it get any better if Assad isn’t defeated? No and no.

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