No stabilization here: At least 21 killed in fighting near Libyan capital

Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, hold a position during clashes with an opposing militia in Bir al-Ghanam, located some 80 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on March 21, 2015. (photo credit: AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA)

At least 21 people were killed in fighting near Libya’s capital Tripoli Friday, military sources said, as the country’s rival parliaments met in Morocco for UN-brokered peace talks aimed at forming a unity government to end the unrest.

Pro-government forces clashed with fighters from the Islamist-backed Fajr Libya militia alliance in Tajoura, 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Tripoli, as the forces of the internationally recognized government launched an attack against the militia’s camp in a new attempt to regain control of the capital.

“14 soldiers, four fighters from Fajr Libya, and three women were killed today in Tajoura,” a pro-government military source told AFP, adding that the women were killed accidentally in rocket fire.

Another 24 people were wounded, he said, without giving a breakdown…

And Europe’s only solution to the huge influx of illegals (largely coming from smugglers in Libya) is to keep saying: “We must fix Libya.” Good luck with that.

The best reporting on Libya (in English) that I’ve been able to find is from the Financial Times (which permits only a few free reads per month).

A good recent story and brief excerpt: Corruption and incompetence allegations dog Libya’s governments:

Rival Libyan administrations overseeing the war-torn, oil-rich country’s affairs have been accused of financial improprieties and economic mismanagement as they seek to establish control over resources and revenues.

The allegations include officials being pressured to buy weapons from France and appoint people to key positions of economic power as well as gross mismanagement of the country’s oil wealth, which accounts for more than 90 per cent of Libya’s revenues.

In terms of corruption and financial mismanagement, “the two governments are two faces of the same coin,” said one analyst, who asked that his name not be used as it would endanger his family in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

The picture looks very bleak. The problems are the usual for the Middle East: the tribal/clan structure of the society means that corruption is a feature not a bug.  

And this is without even mentioning the Islamist groups (including Islamic State) that are finding footholds amidst the chaos.

The chances for Europe “fixing” this are zero.   They have their own corruption problems in southern Italy themselves, too.