Benghazi Circles the Drain

As Westerners evacuate Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, Islamist militias—whose fighters apparently number in the thousands—are moving in.

An unnamed activist there says, “There isn't anyone fully in control of Benghazi…[Militias] control entrances into the city, streets, key infrastructure. The police don't want to challenge them because they just don't have the manpower.” A downtown police chief says, “We only have pistols and rifles. They have tanks and heavy weapons. We want to do our job but some police officers are simply afraid.”

This sort of thing happnened in Iraq shortly before entire cities were taken over and occupied by terrorist organizations. Eastern Libya may well end up suffering the same grim fate as Northern Mali if the government doesn’t get its act together, and fast.

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