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Libya Unrest Continuing To Build
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Libya Unrest Continuing to Build

NATO is ending its humanitarian mission in Libya. Gadhafi is dead and a new regime is getting ready to get to work rebuilding the nation. But, the problems facing the National Transitional Council are much more serious than was originally thought.

Less than a year ago, the rebel forces set the wheels in motion that would remove Moammar Gadhafi and his regime from power in Libya. NATO stepped in after receiving requests and reports that there was ongoing crimes against humanity. After months of fighting the loyalists, especially in Gadhafi's hometown, Sirte, troops finally located, captured and then subsequently killed Gadhafi.

While the Acting Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib will announce his cabinent members in the next two weeks, the country is far from ready to move forward. With NATO no longer on the scene and thousands of heavily armed people running around the streets, the situation is a powder keg, just ready to explode.

Reports have been made to the media that a Tripoli hospital was invaded by dozens of former rebels from the city of Zintan which is located in the mountains in the west of Libya. Those rebel fighters came to the hospital, armed and reportedly drunk, demanding the release of one of their fighters who had been shot and killed earlier that day. In addition, the men demanded that the man who had allegedly shot the rebel be turned over as well. The men told hospital staff that they intended to kill the man. Staff refused to comply with the men's demands saying that the man was in surgery and then asking security to escort the men out. Security forces from the hospital and the fighters faced off, ending up in a gun battle that raged for hours in and around the hospital grounds. Windows were broken, walls were riddled with bullets and three patients in the hospital died from stress related causes. Three of the fighters were also wounded.

Tensions have been building from the many different militias as well as groups that remain loyal to their fallen leader. There is a lack of accountability and no security forces in the country. The army has long since been disbanded. Establishing security forces and disarming or regulating the weaponry of the citizens is going to be one of the top priorities of the new government.

There may be support offered from NATO in a training only role. The United States may also bring in a limited number of troops to provide training assistance as well.


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