Militants take control of American embassy
A recently released video on YouTube appears to show Islamic militiants inside a CIA annex that was left abandoned by the U.S. when they evacuated last month due to increasing violence in the region. According to Fox News, the same militia is guarding the American embassy in Tripoli, nearly a mile away.
U.S. ambassador to Libya, Deobrah Jones took to Twitter acknowledging that an online video of a building overrun by crowds of people “appears to be a residential annex of the U.S. Mission.” However she could not confirm that saying “To my knowledge & per recent photos the US Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked.”
@AmCo15 The YouTube appears to be a residential annex of the US mission but cannot say definitively since not there.
— Safira Deborah (@SafiraDeborah) August 31, 2014
The video shows men playing in a pool at the compound; voices in the video identify the compound as the American embassy. Fox News reported that An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.
Local forces are usually used for security of diplomatic posts, but the Libyan government has been forced to rely on militias since Gadhafi’s ouster as its military and police remain weak. The Dawn of Libya claims to have managed to seize control of Tripoli’s airport and is not deployed around the capital.
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