With the Brotherhood’s successive losses in Libya… Tripoli militia clashes precede the elections

With the Brotherhood’s successive losses in Libya… Tripoli militia clashes precede the elections

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With the Brotherhood’s successive losses in Libya… Tripoli militia clashes precede the elections

The city of Al-Zawiya, near the capital, Tripoli, witnessed, on Sunday evening, armed clashes between militias known as “the Mouser”, led by Muhammad Bahron, nicknamed “The Mouser”, and the “Victory” militia led by Muhammad Kashlaf Al-Qasab, known as the “Emperor of Smuggling”, and the “Caboat” militia. Led by the so-called “Ruby”, near the Zawia refinery and Rakina Island.

Medium and heavy weapons were used in those clashes, in a repetition of events that occurred a few days ago.

The militias also closed the roads next to the Yarmouk camp, south of the capital, Tripoli, amid security tension that sparked an armed clash between the militias.

At the end of last June, the Al-Zawiya militia led by “Al-Far”, one of the militia leaders close to the Brotherhood, Khaled Al-Mashri, head of the so-called “Supreme Council of State”, launched an attack on the city of Al-Ajilat in western Libya, as part of a Turkish Brotherhood plan to establish a “militia belt” in Tripoli, and the removal of militias that do not owe allegiance to the organization and Turkey.

Bloody clashes took place between the “Al-Far” militia and the militias of Muhammad Baraka, nicknamed “Al-Shalfouh”, the most prominent militia in the city of Al-Ajeilat.

The militias of the “fugitive” wanted by terrorism cases are stationed in the city of Al-Zawiya, while the militias of Muhammad Baraka, nicknamed “Al-Shalfouh”, are stationed in the city of Al-Ajilat.

Conflict or military tactic?

Observers believe that the recurring clashes between Tripoli militias, in addition to the fact that it carries an aspect of influence and power struggle within the militias’ structure and their operators, it may also constitute a military tactic and a repositioning of these militias, in anticipation of any change in the Libyan scene, with the announcement of the presidential elections on December 24 next.

Observers indicated that last May, armed militias stormed the headquarters of the Presidential Council, in the Corinthia Hotel, to demand the dismissal of Foreign Minister Najla al-Manqoush, in protest against her statements in which she demanded the removal of foreign mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya, which the militias considered targeting their Turkish ally.

The leader of the so-called “166 Militia”, Muhammad al-Hussan, threatened the Presidential Council and the National Unity Government by deploying militia elements on a large scale in the capital, Tripoli, and controlling vital points, including ministries, in order to compel the authorities to implement their demands.

Observers explained that the scenario of storming the Corinthia Hotel and the constant threat of military action, if the “presidential” and the national government took any measure that threatens their interests, is “confirmation of the militias’ readiness to burn the capital.”

Unofficial estimates indicate that there are more than 300 armed groups in Libya, some of which are affiliated with the Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Libyan Fighting Group, others are regional and ethnic, and a third follow leading figures in Tripoli.

Analysts pointed out that the militias “are ready to carry out a coup against the results of the upcoming elections, as happened after the results of the legislative elections in 2014.”

After the Brotherhood and the hardline currents allied with it lost the June 25, 2014 elections, in which the National and Liberal Movement candidates succeeded in winning the majority of seats, the Tripoli militias, known as the “Libya Dawn Coalition”, overturned the election results.

Brotherhood and signs of a new war حرب

The Libyan military analyst, Muhammad Al-Tarhouni, said that the armed militias in Tripoli “make a war in order to preserve their influence and interests, whenever the noose tightens on them.”

Al-Tarhouni added to the “Sky News Arabia” website, “The Brotherhood and the militias are preparing for their biggest loss with the approach of the elections. The (Al-Baqara), (Al-Far), (Al-Tajouri) militias and others are pawns of a war machine in the service of the Brotherhood, which does not want to be There are elections or stability in the country, and it is working according to a plan in order to ensure that its influence remains in Tripoli.”

The Libyan military analyst continued, pointing out that “experiences indicate that with the approach of the election, the Brotherhood realizes that it is the biggest loser of the elections, so they put Tripoli on a hot plate, and we see signs of a new war repeating the 2014 scene.”

And he indicated that there is a “military tactic and repositioning by the Brotherhood’s militias, in anticipation of any change in the Libyan scene.”

He explained: “In the western region, specifically Tripoli, Al-Zawiya, Misrata, Al-Ajailat, Sabratha, Gharyan, Tajoura, and other cities in the Libyan west, the Brotherhood is trying to re-impose influence, reposition its militias by force in these areas, and prepare for a new war that may erupt at any time with the change of the political landscape. in Lybia”.

Al-Tarhouni concluded his speech by saying that the frequent clashes between the militias of the Libyan West can be described as “part of a military tactic by the Brotherhood, as a proactive step to circumvent elections, which will witness their loss and fall.”

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