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News Right Now: The Battle for Tripoli
Welcome to News Right Now - The Battle for Tripoli
Ever since the NATO led bombing of Libya in 2011 which resulted in the eventual overthrow and killing of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been on the brink of disaster, with warring factions contending for control over the country. Now the battle has reached the streets of Tripoli, with Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army battling it out with armed groups and militias in Libya’s capital. Haftar’s Libyan National Army is allied with a parallel government in eastern Libya, and has not been able to breach the defenses of the capital city until now.
The fighting has already claimed 510 lives, wounded 2,400, and caused 75,000 people to flee their homes - with 100,000 additional residents caught in the crossfire, unable to escape, according to news reports.
Haftar, America’s man in Libya is clearly and powerfly asserting himself, making a full on overthrow of the government more likely. Before returning to the negotiating table, he’s flexing his military muscle to deal with the quote-unquote security situation posed by armed militias aligned with the government - ruling out the possibility of a ceasefire.
As is often the case, the tragic part about this story is the foreign interference in the affairs of the Ummah. It’s the blood stained hands of the foreign colonialists that perpetuate the cycle of violence not only in Libya, but in other Muslim lands from Iraq, to Syria, to Afghanistan, to Yemen. Haftar, with the great military support provided to him by America, through Egypt, has managed to divide Libya into two parts.
He completely controlled the eastern part, and controlled the Oil Crescent, the heart of Libya’s economy, and managed to penetrate the western part. On the other hand, the Sarraj government, which currently controls the capital, is backed by the European powers.
Therefore, Libya is in a stalemate; torn between two colonial powers vying for influence and Muslims are the fighting parties, without any care for Allah’s sanctity in the killing of their brothers, wasting their country’s oil, and allowing the disbelievers dominance over them.
(وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًا)
“Never will Allah allow for the disbelievers a way over the believers” (An-Nissa’a 141)
The sad reality is that regardless of which of these two parties claims control of the capital, Libya will still remain in the clutches of the West until Islam is established.
Jazakullah Khair for joining us, Wasalaam alaykum wa rahamtullahee wa barakatuhu