Libyans seeking to take their country back from the militias

The New York Times is painting this as a response to the death of the American ambassador. And the demonstrations may be partially inspired by that heinous crime. But mostly, this is ordinary Libyans who have tired of the continued violence and harrassment from the militias and are seeking to take their country back from armed gangs. In a show of mass frustration at the armed groups, protesters seized control of several militia headquarters on Friday night and handed them over to Libya's national army in what appeared to be a coordinated sweep. They also stormed the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a hard-line Islamist militia that has been linked to the attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. As members of Ansar al-Sharia fled their headquarters, protesters set at least one vehicle on fire, and Reuters reported that one person was killed. There were unconfirmed reports that several had been wounded by the...(Read Full Post)