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‘A mosaic’ of militias wreak havoc in Libya

July 23rd, 2014
03:23 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Libya is being gripped by the worst violence since the fall of Colonel Gadhafi in 2011.

Rival militia groups are taking over large swathes of the country, fighting for power, territory and oil wealth, and successive weak governments have been unable to disarm them.

In Tripoli, two different militant groups are firing rockets and mortars at each other as they try to take control of the city's airport. Civilians are also being caught up in the fighting, with hospitals now warning they are running out of drugs.

Last week the country's foreign minister went to the U.S. to plea for international help.

But Chris Stephen, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper, says the international community does not seem eager to help.

“The feed you get from diplomats is that there are so many sides, like a sort of mosaic,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “Three years ago with the rebels against Gadhafi, so it was – for NATO it was easier to know who to bomb.”

“And now the common complaint is, well, who do we bomb? We have so many militias all fighting each other. And I think that’s the thing that’s perplexing the international community.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Stephen.


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  1. martimasters

    Everyone loves Amanpour. I am tired of the stupidity. With NSA surveillancing the world, the CIA and the Mosad in bed together, how can we possibly believe that the "international community" has no idea who is fighting in Libya.

    July 24, 2014 at 2:47 am | Reply
  2. Erm...

    Why not a word on journalists being kidnapped and opposition parties banned by Kiev regime, Amanpour?

    July 24, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
  3. ashok

    The international community needs to come up with better solutions for keeping the peace than simply figuring out which are the most promising targets to bomb !

    July 24, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
  4. fred

    It is the so-called Islamistx against the secular, more liberal side.
    Simple really.

    July 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  5. Janet George

    Dear Ms. Amanpour ,
    If you try to discuss disasters in the world , just pay a profound attention to the role of USA & the west into creating it
    imparetive to say , what is going on in ALL troubled ME , Afganistan and Iraq is simply created by those who claim finding a solution .
    My advise : Be yourself , You are far more than what CNN broadcasts of lies !
    Thanks

    July 26, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  6. tobaktus

    none since, 2 militias fighting??!!!! this is a war to clean the Tripoli from Qaddafi supporters who are trying to control the city....

    July 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  7. zehev123

    Hamas educates his children to kill – Israel teaches tolerance!
    Hamas puts his children in front of and above the danger – the Israelis keep kids!
    I'm self-hosted children from the South – to move away from danger
    If the Arabs wanted to maintain their own children, they would hear the call to pay the IDF to leave the house.
    Their houses are full, full, other weapons!
    You are blind!
    You become the truth lie and lie the truth!
    Real anti-Semitism!
    You ashamed!
    Hamas aims to kill the Jews and take our country
    They have 22 Arab countries and we barely so
    We just want to live here quietly
    Just nine years ago, we disengaged from Gaza, they wanted to build their own state in Gaza – they got what they wanted and since they throw missiles for nine years!
    They get electricity and water from Israel – and not paying a penny!
    They get money from the nations – to make the slums normal houses and buying off weapons to destroy Israel and build tunnels this money bomb!
    It is what the money you gave them to the nations – your support Hamas is full partnership in crime and terrorism against Israel have!
    We live in constant fear in Israel, bombs, missiles attacks!
    Would you live that way?
    Would you have thrown all day and night missiles at the house?
    You were silent killer was threatening you?
    Hallucinatory and shameful that the world supports such a sweeping terrorists!!
    I think it's also unprofessional to write articles without visiting in Israel and experience of sirens!

    * Written in Hebrew translated Google+

    August 1, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
  8. Kofi ADAMS

    Hello, Christie, its not just Libya but if am not afraid to say, most people are very worried about how good numbers of Muslim countries or communities are highly engaged in fighting and violence yet all our leaders are afraid to address it PINPOINTLY, as one of the senators ,could be Senator John Kerry, said one time. I believe Muslims are our brothers and sisters so why cant we find a nice way to approach them and talk to them so that we can all benefit from it ? And why we dont give credit to Egypt for the extraordinary work they have done to control the country which was about to be taking a serious regime like Syria went through, Egypt needs to be a role model for all countries, not only Muslims ,who are struggling . There are good Muslim countries like UAE, Dubai and others, why they dont get involved to advice other Muslim counties to stop fighting and learn from them. but some of them supplies arms for others such as Palestinians to fight.Am sorry to ask but i want to know ,What has the POP or Muslim leader has to say with all these going on last Question is How can these Muslim leaders call for Jihaad to kill or panish some one who just drew a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad , who he have even never seen but beautiful people of Muslims are dying and He looks so unconcerned , Muslims are dying and there is not a single demonstration , We all know there are lots of terror organisatios from which the good Muslims say they are bad Muslims and they dont read the Holly KORAN Well yet there had not been a single demonstration to show how much those who call themselves the good Muslims CARE

    August 5, 2014 at 1:22 am | Reply

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