A training camp used by Libya’s army in the eastern city of Sebha was ambushed Saturday (May 4) and eight soldiers were killed.
According to the Al-Jazeera Media Network, national army officials in Libya blame Islamic State fighters for the gruesome attack. Hamed al-Khaiyali is the head of the municipality where the eight soldiers died. In an interview, Al-Khaiyali told a European news agency that at least one soldier was beheaded. Others were shot to death or “slaughtered” in different ways.
A spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA) also said rebel groups in the neighboring African nation of Chad are also responsible. The city of Sebha is particularly crucial in war-torn Libya because of the vast oil fields there. Currently, the LNA controls these oil fields. However, the LNA has been battling ISIS and other rebel groups that are competing for the control of national resources.
Libyan Crisis Has Claimed Almost 400 Lives in the Last Month
In a separate but related issue regarding Libya’s struggles, the LNA’s month-long campaign in the capital city of Tripoli is becoming increasingly tragic. The World Health Organization division of the United Nations (UN) claimed Friday (May 3) that 392 people have died during the LNA’s Tripoli-based anti-opposition campaign. The global health bureaucracy also said that 1,936 people have been seriously wounded.
The Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is another division of the UN. Bureaucrats at this agency additionally claimed that more than 50,000 people have been displaced during this bloody campaign. An armed fighting group in Tripoli called the Government of National Accord is the main target of this LNA military operation. The raging civil war going on in Libya is a source of sadness for people all over the world.
U.S. Complicity in Libya’s Current Conflict
Muammar Gadaffi, Libya’s former president, was assassinated in 2011 by U.S.-backed rebels who were sent there to bring him down. Gadaffi was accused by former U.S. president Barack Obama of committing genocide in Libya. However, Gaddaffi claimed in a televised speech just prior to his death that Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaida organization was the real source of instability in his country.
Obama’s war in Libya was indeed a failure. Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s war efforts in Iraq produced some of the worst atrocities in world history. President Obama’s war in Libya should be scrutinized in the same manner. But his eight-year reign as a liberal media darling with a flashy smile and nice guy demeanor gave him many passes.
However, these cosmetic labels will not hide the fact that Obama also orchestrated a hideous campaign of chaos in Libya, which is on the wrong side of history.