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France: southern Libya now a 'viper's nest' for Islamist militants




The body of Ali Abdallah Bin Taher a.k.a. al Far, reportedly a top aide to Ansar al Sharia leader Sufian Ben Qumu, was found yesterday in Derna; a new intelligence agency in the city claimed to have assassinated him. Another report said there was Islamist infighting in Derna, and claimed that al Far was a leader of the newly formed Shura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna, as well as a leader of the Army of the Islamic State of Libya; the report said the Shura Council of Islamic Youth had recently merged with a group of local Ansar al Sharia supporters and another group headed by ex-Gitmo detainee Ben Qumu. Last month Ali al Draiwi a.k.a. Abu Dher al Libi, another aide to Ben Qumu, was killed in Derna. In Benghazi, a former education official was killed, a backpack bomb damaged a girls' school, and a car bomb blew up several cars. Abdullah Al-Thinni was appointed Prime Minister to replace Ali Zeidan.




Is Derna becoming an Islamist emirate?




Protesters blocked roads in Tripoli, in solidarity with demonstrators conducting a general strike in Benghazi to protest the government's failure to provide security. Hashim Bishr, the former Supreme Security Council head who now works with the Ministry of the Interior, denounced the March 4 siege on the Prime Minister's office, in which four Army vehicles were stolen. Derna University closed indefinitely after men vandalized three medical laboratories last week, and a new armed Islamist group, the Islamic Youth Shurah Council in Derna, showed up two days ago claiming it would take over the city.




As Benghazi falls, so goes Libya




Zawahiri's longtime deputy reportedly arrested in Egypt

Thirwat Salah Shehata has been arrested in a suburb of Cairo. According to Egyptian officials, he had been training militants in eastern Libya. Shehata has been tracked by US intelligence for more than a decade.


Libyan rebels, government agree to gradually reopen occupied oil ports




A new Islamic group, the "Muslim youth council of Shurah," said it is sending troops to Derna to establish peace and impose sharia law. Benghazi closed down in a general strike to protest the government's failure to address insecurity in the city, where hundreds of security force members were individually assassinated over the past year. A security official in Sebha was shot dead, purportedly by accident. Three bodies found near Ghat are thought to be those of soldiers kidnapped last year. The Morning Glory, which illegally loaded oil last month, unloaded its 230,000 barrels of oil at the Zawia refinery.




Libyan gunmen seized 150 Egyptian trucks and their drivers and are holding them near Ajdabiya, reportedly in protest against Egypt's imposition of a life sentence on a Libyan smuggler. About 40 masked gunmen gathered outside the Prime Minister's office yesterday. On March 3, a special forces officer was murdered in Benghazi and a Derna security official survived an attack by gunmen. At least 26 security force members were killed in Benghazi last month. Seven bodies were found in a mass grave in Tawergha.




Smuggled Libya oil fuels Tunisia economy, instability




The bodies of three men thought to be crew members from an Air Force helicopter that went missing after takeoff in Sidra on Feb. 12 were found in a makeshift grave outside Sirte. The body of the pilot was found near Brega on March 23 and the co-pilot's body was found near Sirte five days ago. Benghazi residents are concerned about the proliferation of unregulated extremist Koranic schools in Libya.




Extremist Qur'anic schools take hold in Libya




State-owned Jumhuriya bank employees went on strike nationwide to protest the killing of a colleague in Sebha. A kidnapped bank manager was freed in Osari after payment of a ransom. Arsonists burned down a local council office in Tripoli and a women's center.




Three Libyans who had hijacked an oil tanker and forced its crew to load illicit oil were released; the Attorney General's staff denounced the decision and called for the Attorney General to resign. Ibrahim Jadhran and his "Cyrenaica Defence Forces" have moved from Ajdabiya to Ras Lanouf; the Ajdabiya security head escaped an attempted kidnapping. The brother of a former security official in Tripoli was kidnapped and killed. Gunmen forced the closure of the Youth and Sports Ministry in Tripoli.




Armed militias hold Libya hostage




Beloved Libyan poet murdered in Benghazi




Assassins in Benghazi targeted intelligence officers over the past two days, killing one and injuring two others in three separate attacks. A Benghazi security official was injured in a separate attack, and robbers killed a Sudanese shop assistant in the city. The renegade tanker Morning Glory moved from Tripoli to Khoms; its owner has not surfaced. The Martyrs Brigades vowed to avenge the killing of Ali al-Draiwi a.k.a. Abu Dher al-Libi, an aide to Ansar al Sharia leader and ex-Gitmo detainee Abu Sufyan bin Qumu.




An unknown group exploded a massive quantity of ordnance that was stored in 40 underground bunkers outside Sebha. Experts defused a car bomb near a school in Ajdabiya. The captain of an oil tanker that illicitly loaded Libyan oil said the ship's owner had told him to take on the oil in Libya after crossing the Suez canal. The media head of Libya's Central Bank was freed after being tortured and shot by his kidnappers.




Armed men set up blockades on several roads leading to Tripoli airport. Protesters threatened a shutdown of the Ruwais power plant, which would cause outages in Tripoli. Security forces intercepted a shipment of 480 tons of subsidized flour that was being smuggled out of Benghazi via Sebha into Chad and Niger.




A former manager of a Benghazi hotel was murdered by gunmen who shouted the Shahada and "Allahu Akhbar." A prominent poet was shot dead in Benghazi yesterday, and a TV cameraman was wounded by gunfire. The head of ENI, the biggest foreign oil company working in Libya, warned that the continuing disruptions at the oil facilities risk permanently damaging the geology of the oilfields.