Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya

Sirte, Libya celebrates after IS announcement of the fall of Ramadi circulating 19 May 2015.

Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometer away.

The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa.

“Every night they open fire on us,” said Abu Shebar, who with comrades on Sirte’s western outskirts holds the last position of troops belonging to one of the two warring Libyan governments, the General National Congress, which controls the capital Tripoli and most of the west of the country.

“They are only active at night,” he said, pointing to the militants’ position in a house just down the road blocked by sandbags. He sleeps in a shed next to his firing positions where used tank shells litter the ground.

Libya, which has descended into near anarchy since NATO warplanes helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi in a 2011 civil war, is now the third big stronghold for the Sunni Islamist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which declared a Caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory it holds in Syria and Iraq…

  • The Goat

    Are you sure it wasn’t Quadaffi’s home town?

  • FactsWillOut

    Another misuse of the word “anarchy”. Libya is basically a battleground for statists.

  • andycanuck

    [You missed closing a bold tag, Frau. Either that or you farmed out posting to Ace from Ace of Spades HQ.]

    • Frau Katze

      Where did I miss a bold tag? I’m not sure what you mean.

    • Frau Katze

      I usually put the photo description in a smaller font. That could be the problem. I left out a span statement to change the font size.

      Not real easy to fix from the iPad.

      • andycanuck

        Sorry about being late getting back to you. It’s fixed now but all of the text on the home page from this post down was in boldface type.