As Libya sinks into chaos - is the rest of North Africa far behind?
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By Kaci Racelma, Catholic Online
1/8/2015 (4 years ago)
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The situation in Libya, which fell into opposing factions ever since the bloody overthrow of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. There are increasing concerns that the explosive situation could plunge all of North Africa into chaos - leaving the European continent prey to more terrorist attacks.
France played a leading role in the establishment of the NATO military coalition under the United Nations mandate, which overthrew Khadafy in 2011, while the purported "Arab Spring" swept the region.
ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Fighters stationed in Tripoli are threatening to use heavy weapons against the nation. This well equipped armed group aims to dislodge the Zintan militias that have been controlling the Mitiqa international airport in Tripoli few months ago.
In the meantime, the general coordinator of the Libyan tribes call for the unification of ranks to combat what he calls "enemies of Libya." This situation is likely to explode. Casual brutality has become increasingly part of the militias' daily behavior.
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This well equipped armed group aims to dislodge the Zintan militias that have been controlling the Mitiqa international airport in Tripoli few months ago.
Both antagonists are threatening each other whereas dozens of lives continue to be lost uselessly.
Calls for international intervention are increasing mainly from neighboring countries such as Niger and Chad. Leaders in those countries are maintaining the pressure on international organizations to intervene.
France played a leading role in the establishment of the NATO military coalition under the United Nations mandate, which overthrew Gaddafi in 2011, while the purported "Arab Spring" swept the region.
Four years later, the issue of a new operation returns to the political scene. Libya has threatened to become a sanctuary of jihadist movements at the gates of Europe. Its impact on the neighboring states of the Sahel-Saharan Africa caused some African heads of states to demand the immediate intervention in Libya.
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The call was echoed during the Dakar summit held at the end of December 2014 and renewed in Nouakchott few days later.
With the horrifying attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris this week, the call has reached new levels of urgency.
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