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article imageOp-Ed: Libyan jail break a success, attempted coup a failure

By Ken Hanly     Feb 17, 2014 in World
Tripoli - According to a local official in the town of Zliten, 92 prisoners managed to escape from a prison in the town due to weak security. Only four guards were on duty when the escape happened.
Hassan bin Sophia, spokesperson for the Zliten council, said the prisoners asked for a doctor and when the gates were opened then attacked the guards and fled. However, 19 have already been recaptured with two of them wounded by shots from the guards. Local officials were contacting families of the inmates to encourage them to surrender.This is the second prison break this month with 54 escaping from a prison in Tripoli earlier in February.
Today, February 17th is the third anniversary of the start of the revolution against Gadhafi as protests began in the city of Benghazi against his four-decade long rule. There have been demonstrations against the government for extending its mandate that ran out on February 7th to December of this year. Libyans are critical of the government for its inability to solve security and economic problems. The General National Council now agreed to hold elections earlier to elect a new transitional government.
In another development, Maj. General Khalifa Hifter, a senior military officer, called for a military coup to solve the security situation. However, no one came. Apparently even the army realizes it does not have the strength to overpower Libyan militias. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said: "The army is in its headquarters, and Khalifa Hifter has no authority, No military units have moved to touch any institutions.”
General Hifter is often regarded as the CIA's man in LIbya. He lived in the U.S. in exile for decades just a few miles from CIA headquarters in Virginia. I have appended a video discussing Hifter just after he had moved back to Benghazi Libya just two months or so after the rebellion against Gadhafi began.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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