A photo from Issue #5 of Islamic State’s Dabiq. It allegedly shows a victory parade in the Libyan town of Derna (Barqah is the name of the district).
Libyan prime minister Abdullah Al-Thinni told Al-Arabiya on Thursday that the international community was to blame for the current situation in Libya, having abandoned the country after ousting Muammar Gaddafi.
He added that the weapons should have been destroyed in order to rebuild the state, and that UN sanctions on arms imports put “victims and killers on the same level.”
“They want us to fight terrorism, the Islamic State (ISIS) and Ansar Al-Sharia, but without the support of some (nations) brothers, we would not have last this long,” said the PM of the transitional government, who during the lengthy interview thanked the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Thinni added that the UN mission in Libya “uses a double standard.”
“When the Libya Dawn militias hit Tripoli and killed civilians, it was silent. When the air force hit the militias’ arms depots, envoy Bernardino Leon called it unacceptable.”
He is correct in that the UN (and the media and everyone else) persists in thinking of the non-Islamist government and the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Libya Dawn as equals: merely squabbling over territory. There are far worse groups in Libya already — such as Ansar al-Sharia and, lately, Islamic State. We should be defending the secular government, even if just rhetorically.
In related news, Fighting in Libya’s Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics (Reuters) — Almost 50 people have been killed in the past 10 days in fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in the second-largest city, Benghazi, medical personnel said on Wednesday.