A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had been guarding the residential compound since last week, a day after it has seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia from Zintan was in the compound before his troops took it over.
Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The AP journalist saw treadmills, weight benches and protein bars in the compound’s abandoned gym. Forks, knives and napkins set for a banquet sat on one table, while a cantina still had cornflakes, vinegar, salt and pepper sitting out.
Another Dawn of Libya commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak by his leaders, told the AP that the U.S. Embassy, about a kilometer (half a mile) away, also was under guard by his militiamen.
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya says the video of the pool party was shot in the residential quarters, but that the embassy’s chancery remains protected:
[Ambassador] Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy’s residential annex, though she said she couldn’t “say definitively” since she wasn’t there.
“To my knowledge & per recent photos the US Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked,” she wrote on Twitter. She did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate. State Department officials in Washington also declined to immediately comment. […]It remains unclear who the U.S. left in control of guarding its facilities after its personnel evacuated under military escort on July 26.
We continue to give thanks that our country is led by wise and compassionate people whose determination to do good in the world is matched only by their deep understanding of local conditions in so many countries around the world. How grateful Libyans must be to human rights luminaries like Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, who saved them from that dreadful bloodbath they once faced.