Militia says it ‘secured’ vacant US compound in Libya
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Militia says it ‘secured’ vacant US compound in Libya

After US personnel clear out, Islamist group takes over Tripoli embassy, smashing windows but leaving equipment intact

The US embassy in Tripoli is taken over by Islamists (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)
The US embassy in Tripoli is taken over by Islamists (photo credit: Youtube screenshot)

An Islamist-allied militia group says it has “secured” a US Embassy compound in Libya’s capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, US Ambassador to Libya Safira Deborah said the video appeared to have been shot at the embassy’s residential annex.

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Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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