Controversial former militia leader puts himself forward as Libya’s savior
“We have to unite our efforts, all Libyans, all patriotic Libyans, regardless of their affiliations, regardless of their ideologies,” Abdelhakim Belhadj told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
If you thought the meteoric rise of ISIS was complicated, don’t even think about trying to understand Libya.
Militias have run the country since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi over three years ago. Last month, Islamists seized control of the capital, Tripoli, and forced the internationally recognized parliament to flee to Tobruk, a thousand miles away. »
These words are an extract from the analysis by Christine Amanpour, based on Farouk Atig’s and Olivier Azpitarte’s pictures ; played on CNN september 30 at 8 PM and available on CNN web site in replay :
« A Libyan former militia leader who fought alongside Osama bin Laden against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and claims to have been abducted and “rendered” by the CIA is putting himself forward as the savior for Libya’s astounding chaos. » explains Mick Krever, journalist in CNN.