11 July 19 update on terrorist attack in Benghazi by Barry Webb

11 JULY 2019
by Barry Webb
The Saudi-owned al-arabiyya TV, and their website www.alarabiya.net both
reported on a terrorist attack in Libya’s second largest city, and “Capital” of
General Haftar’s forces (on 11 July 2019). The information for these reports came
from a video interview with General Ahmad al-Mismari, the spokesman for Gen.
Haftar’s forces.
The circumstance of the attack was a funeral for a relative of al-Mismari’s who
had been the head of Libya’s special forces. A car bomb was the weapon of
choice, and it killed 4 people and wounded 15 others.
General al-Mismari, who may have been the primary target of the attack, blamed
the Fayez Sirraaj government in Tripoli and the “corrupt” money they paid to
“traitors” in Benghazi.
Al-Mismari also claimed that Turkey was responsible for the attack because of
“the leadership is has living in Tripoli.” In this context al-Mismari claimed that
their war against “terrorism in Tripoli” was entirely just and legal, and warned all
Libyans that the battle will not end until terrorism is wiped out.
He lamented that his country has been suffering the scourge of terrorism since
2011, and blamed the “international community” for causing that problem.
Barry Webb had a 25-year career as an NSA Arabist, and is the author of
Confessions of an (ex) NSA spy: Why America and its Allies are Losing the War on
Terror. His website is: www.barrywebbauthor.com He currently is a senior
fellow for the DC-based “Americans for Intelligence Reform” www.intelreform.org

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