The Libyan “government” or the “Libyan opposition”? Difficult question, isn’t it, all things considered?
Islamist groups took advantage of civil unrest and seized a weapons depot in Derna, on Friday, 18 February and weapons at at port in al-Baida. The Islamist Weapons Inventory in Libya: first count based on news reports.
- 70 military Vehicles
- 250 weapons
- 3 anti-aircraft guns
Study this 11 month old video for faces of current Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) members. This group, an Al Qaeda affiliate are allegedly instrumental in the Derna-al Baida Islamist power grab. The group, after al Qaeda pattern, has declared the “Islamic Emirate of Barqa. [Cyrenaica]”
So maybe NATO, for the time being, should just establish a no-fly zone above Daphne Caruana Galizia’s Notebook in Malta, to protect the very very important European Strategy Debates going on there.
In my opinion, this could be a promising first step in the right direction, as even Turkey could be persuaded not only not to veto an intervention of that kind, but even to actively participate in it, and that some kind of intervention in Malta could help Erdogan score a few more votes for him in the next Turkish election, and maybe strengthen even further his alliance with Iran.