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    Rival Libyan militias clash near military base

    WARSHEFANA, Libya (AP) — Rival militias clashed on the outskirts of the Libyan capital for a fourth day Sunday in the deadliest and most sustained violence since the capture and killing of Moammar Gadhafi last month.

    Fighters attacked each other with rockets, mortars and machine guns, witnesses said. The fighting, which has killed at least 13 people since late last week, raised new concerns about the ability of Libya's transitional government to disarm thousands of gunmen and restore order after an eight-month civil war.

    Libya's interim leader, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, said his National Transitional Council brought together elders from the feuding areas — the coastal city of Zawiya and the nearby tribal lands of Warshefana — over the weekend and that the dispute has been resolved. "I want to assure the Libyan people that everything is under control," he said Sunday.

    However, as he spoke, fighting continued.

    Heavy gunfire and explosions of rocket-propelled grenades were heard over hours Sunday in the area between the Warshefana lands, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) west of Tripoli, and Zawiya, another 10 miles (15 kilometers) to the west. White smoke rose into the air.

    At one point, the two sides were battling for control of a major military camp of the ousted regime, said a fighter from Tripoli. The camp, once a base of elite forces commanded by one of Gadhafi's sons, Khamis, is located on a highway midway between Tripoli and Zawiya.

    In all, at least 13 people were killed in the fighting, including four from Zawiya and nine from Warshefana, according to gunmen and a hospital doctor in Warshefana. More than 100 people from Warshefana were wounded since Saturday, said Dr. Mohammed Sawan, adding that casualties stemmed from gunshots as well as shrapnel from rockets and mortar shells.

    On Sunday evening, a Warshefana field commander, Ashraf Borwais, delivered a severely burned fighter to the local hospital. He said the man was wounded when his vehicle was struck by artillery and exploded. Borwais said fighting had stopped in the evening. "The dogs have retreated," he said, referring to the Zawiya militiamen.

    Zawiya fighters, meanwhile, manned roadblocks on the outskirts of their city at intervals of about 200 yards (meters). Groups of jumpy armed men, some brandishing RPGs, crowded around the checkpoints. Fighters searched trunks of cars and checked IDs.

    The reason for the initial clash remains unclear, though accusations have been flying, including that some of the Warshefana had links to the old regime. At one point last week, fighters from Zawiya entered Warshefana and seized weapons. In retaliation, Warshefana fighters set up random checkpoints and fired at the main highway.

    Abdul-Jalil said the NTC has established a committee to address the grievances of both sides. He said the fighting was sparked by young men behaving irresponsibly, but he did not elaborate.

    Since the Oct. 20 death of Gadhafi, there have been a number of violent clashes between fighters, including a deadly shootout at a Tripoli hospital. Residents of the capital have also become increasingly annoyed with fighters from other areas of Libya who have taken over prime locations in the city, including a gated seaside resort village.

    Despite the growing tensions, Abdul-Jalil and other NTC leaders have said they cannot disarm the fighters quickly.

    Noting high unemployment among the armed men, Abdul-Jalil said the new government must offer alternatives first, including jobs, study and training.


    • ben Yesterday
      Not a surprise that the Al-Qaeda rebels are already at each others throats. In a year or two Libyan citizens will be reminiscing about the good old days of Colonel Gaddafi.
    • DST Yesterday
      So... this is better than Gadhaffi?
    • Fred  •  Las Vegas, United States  •  Yesterday
      "And let the war games begin"... history repeats itself. USA....stay out!. Another eternal blood-shed problem.
    • Wombat Yesterday
      Sure looks like a good investment of $1 Billion of our taxdollars to me???
    • Dan Yesterday
      Libya is overflowing with radical Islamist that the present transitional government has NO control over. 15,000 surface to air hand held missile launchers have disappeared. Even the most liberally minded thinker can not point to anything that the present transitional government authority in Libya can demonstrate that they're capable of running a functional state. And this is what the West wants in Syria?
    • Michael F  •  Elkins, United States  •  Yesterday
      Well now it starts in Libya soon the strongest will take over and that will be the end of democracy for Libya.
    • Buford  •  Moncks Corner, United States  •  Yesterday
      Like this is a surprise.
    • LewisSckolnick Yesterday
      The beginning of the end of Libya.
    • John Schmidt Yesterday
      When is NATO going to start bombing the "people" in order to save them again?
    • 123456  •  Pleasanton, United States  •  Yesterday
      Poor NATO! Which side do they bomb now?
    • Alphonse  •  Los Angeles, United States  •  Yesterday
      This is similar to Afghanistan feuding wargroups when Soviet fulled-out. Then the Taliban ruled. In Libya's case .... then the Islamist rule.
    • Ted Yesterday
      Middle East democracy. Predictable.
    • t Yesterday
      It is the way of that part of the world.
    • Lar  •  Oklahoma City, United States  •  Yesterday
      Our leadership couldn't see this coming?
    • Hammy Yesterday
      Now the Libyans will start blaming NATO for killing Gadhafi, just like how the Iraqis are saying how life was better under Saddam.
    • Smuckers Yesterday
      Hey Obama.. which of these rebel groups are you going to support?
    • Nick  •  Groveland, United States  •  Yesterday
      Good job Barack.
    • Jingles  •  Nairobi, Kenya  •  Yesterday
      Sure, this sounds like the 'liberation' that Nato and idiotic western leaders talked about. America, please do the world a favor and kick out that Obama guy from office.
    • freedom Yesterday
      obama must go asap
    • fedup Yesterday
      Obama either knew this would happen or he's dumber than we thought. We saw this every day in Iraq where they were killing each other. Worst potus ever bar none.
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