Libya: following Somalia’s road to ruin

The struggle for power continues to destabilise country.

Libya Is Fast Following Somalia’s Road to Ruin

The way things are going in Libya the only question is whether to compare it to 1992 Somalia or 1994 Afghanistan.

The WashingtonPost decided that Afghanistan was the more apt comparison.

Last month in Benghazi, the Ansar al-Sharia militia, which has ties to al-Qaeda and was involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, assault that killed the U.S. ambassador there, stormed a military base and then declared the city the seat of an “Islamic emirate.” That’s what the Taliban called Afghanistan. According to The Post’s Karen DeYoung, some U.S. counterterrorism officials believe Libya’s Islamists could seek to align themselves with the Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that controls western Iraq and eastern Syria. Whether or not that happens, it’s not hard to foresee eastern Libya becoming a launching pad for terrorist attacks against nearby Europe or even the U.S. homeland.

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