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Libyan Violence and Instability - by Stephen Lendman
Daily violence and resistance continues.
NATO's killing machine ravaged a nonbelligerent country posing no threat. Tyranny replaced Jamahiriya government. Violence followed stability.
On January 3, Middle East Online contributor Jay Deshnukh headlined, "Ex-rebels' war for money, power: Fierce clashes erupt in Tripoli," saying:
In central Tripoli, fighting claimed two lives as "former rebels from....Misurata clashed with....ex-fighters from the Libyan capital, witnesses said."
Heavy gunfire was exchanged in broad daylight "between Zawiyah and Al-Saidi streets near a" Gaddafi regime intelligence headquarters building.
Neighborhood sections were "surrounded by hundreds of (heavily armed) rebels."
Throughout Tripoli, militia brigades control former government buildings. Their presence challenges Western-installed Transitional National Council (NTC) figures. Abdul Hakim Belhadj led them until he left to join Syrian insurgents.
On January 4, Pravda.ru contributor Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey headlined, "Libya latest news: Chaos," saying: