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10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times

10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times

10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times

Sep 14, 2022 at 16:10 PM

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Ten years after the US ambassador to Libya was killed in the eastern city of Benghazi, the country remains in turmoil and Washington is vying for influence..

Ten years after the US ambassador to Libya was killed in the eastern city of Benghazi, the country remains in turmoil and Washington is vying for influence with other foreign powers. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 1 Hindustani24.com

The turmoil plunged the country into political and security chaos. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 2 Hindustani24.com

Rival centres of power in the east and west are still vying for control, with various militias and mercenary groups in the fray. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 3 Hindustani24.com

Norland has repeatedly called for elections to be held in the country, after the postponement of polls scheduled for December 2021 deepened the crisis. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 4 Hindustani24.com

He also warned in June that Libya's rivals must not use oil "as a weapon". @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 5 Hindustani24.com

Two years after the Benghazi attack, as more violence rocked Libya's capital Tripoli, the United States, like many other countries, shuttered its embassy there and has not reopened it since. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 6 Hindustani24.com

The main players have been Turkey, which has politically and militarily backed the Tripoli government, and Russia, Egypt and the UAE, which supported a rival camp based in the country's east. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 7 Hindustani24.com

10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaosUS forces in Libya captured two militants in connection with the Benghazi attack and tried them in the United States. @hindustani24 10 years after Benghazi attack, US struggles to calm Libya chaos - News | Khaleej Times - 8 Hindustani24.com

Mustafa Al Imam and Ahmed Abu Khattala were sentenced to 19 and 22 years in prison respectively

Oil production in Libya reached 1

2 million barrels a day in late July, matching its daily average before an oil blockade was imposed between mid-April and mid-July by groups close to the eastern camp

While many diplomatic missions returned to Tripoli last year as the situation on the ground improved, Tunis-based US Ambassador Richard Norland only occasionally visits the Libyan capital

The Benghazi attack had come almost a year after the fall of former dictator Moamer Gadhafi's regime, which was swept away by a popular uprising backed by a controversial NATO-led intervention

The US embassy remains based in neighbouring Tunisia, but this has not stopped Washington from seeking to wield "crucial influence on the Libya file," analyst Jalel Harchaoui said

There were also "darker moments", Harchaoui said, such as when Trump supported the eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar who launched a failed 2019-20 offensive against Tripoli

Militants armed with automatic weapons and grenades stormed the US compound on the evening of September 11, 2012The assault, the first to claim the life of an American ambassador since 1979, deeply shocked the US and caused a political storm for then president Barack Obama's administration

Taking in the beauty, wonders and animals at the Sharjah SafariMilitants armed with automatic weapons and grenades stormed the US compound on the evening of September 11, 2012, at a time when the oil-rich North African country was torn by civil war

A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012

— AFP fileThe US embassy in Libya said on Twitter last week that "the status quo is unsustainable, and it is incumbent on all external and internal actors to move toward presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible"

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