Libyan PM kidnapped, released

posted at 8:01 am on October 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this payback for cooperation on terrorism with a loose-lipped US.  Just hours after the Obama administration and/or the military leaked word that Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan gave “tacit” permission for a raid that netted long-sought al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Anas al-Libi, terrorists kidnapped Zeidan in an attempt to force his resignation:

Gunmen seized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in Tripoli Thursday and held him for several hours before he was freed, in the latest sign of Libya’s lawlessness since Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in 2011.

The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya’s government by capturing senior Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli and whisking him away to a warship.

Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdelaziz said Zeidan had been released a number of hours after being seized at his hotel in Tripoli before dawn by former rebel militiamen.

“He has been freed but we have no details so far on the circumstances of his release,” Abdelaziz told AFP.

The Libyan government emphasized that he had been “freed” and not “released,” which sounds as though their police had to rescue him.  ABC News reports that the perpetrators are former allies of the government during the civil war, and claimed to be acting on orders from prosecutors:

A former rebel group loosely allied to the government, the Revolutionaries Operations Room, said it had arrested Zidan on the orders of the prosecutor general, according to the BBC.

But Libya’s minister of justice and the office of the prosecutor general denied the claim.

Libyan state television broadcast live video of Zeidan returning to work this morning, according to the BBC, in an obvious effort to show that no power vacuum existed in Tripoli.  It points out, however, how little control the official government has in Libya:

Mr Zeidan had been taken in a pre-dawn raid on the Corinthia Hotel by more than 100 armed men.

The LROR said it was acting on the orders of the prosecutor general and in accordance with a section of Libya’s criminal code relating to “crimes and misdemeanours harmful to state security”.

But Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said the prosecutor general had issued no arrest warrant, according to state-run National Libyan TV. …

The LROR is one of a number of militias operating in Libya which are nominally attached to government ministries but often act independently and, correspondents say, often have the upper hand over police and army forces.

The government has been struggling to contain the militias, which were heavily involved in the revolt which overthrew Col Muammar Gaddafi and, two years on, still control many parts of the country.

In fact, Zeidan had been asking the West for help in controlling the militias, warning that these networks are now exporting weapons all over the region.  Publicly “thanking” Zeidan for his approval on a capture mission was probably not the help Zeidan was requesting.


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Heck of a job, Barry. Way to lead from behind and get your “allies” burned.

rbj on October 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Zero redefines incompetence daily. How can the dems continue to stand by the guy? Loyalty to that extreme is sorta sick.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Heck of a job, Barry. Way to lead from behind and get your “allies” burned.

rbj on October 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

That’s one consistent position from Team SCOAMT – help the US, get screwed by Team SCOAMT.

The difference now is he’s screwing those who helped him, when before he merely screwed those who helped the US under Bush.

Steve Eggleston on October 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

…was he sodomized?

KOOLAID2 on October 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

I’m just surpised Libya has a PM.

How much of the country does the government actually control? It must be like being PM of Erie, PA.

mankai on October 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Zero redefines incompetence daily. How can the dems continue to stand by the guy? Loyalty to that extreme is sorta sick.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Jonestown II– til the bitter end.

hillsoftx on October 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Taken hostage? Must be the House Republicans again.

forest on October 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Smart Power

HumpBot Salvation on October 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

warning that these networks are now exporting weapons all over the region

0?

Bmore on October 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Zero redefines incompetence daily. How can the dems continue to stand by the guy? Loyalty to that extreme is sorta sick.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Well Eleanor Holmes Norton almost had a head lock on him in the East Roo. So there’s that.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/09/eleanor-holmes-norton-confronts-obama-on-d-c-budget-bill/?print=1

katy the mean old lady on October 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

By design,he wants the brotherhood running Libya or something.

docflash on October 10, 2013 at 8:42 AM

That’s one consistent position from Team SCOAMT – help the US, get screwed by Team SCOAMT.

The difference now is he’s screwing those who helped him, when before he merely screwed those who helped the US under Bush.

Steve Eggleston on October 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

If you were president of the United States of America, and you wanted to sabotage the US by making it look like an untrustworthy ally, what, exactly, would you do differently from what President Petulant is doing?

rbj on October 10, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Memo to Barry O: Destroying a country, then leaving it to pick up the pieces is not really cool.

albill on October 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Regarding the Middle East, with Barry O. it is not so much follow the money, but follow the Muslim Brotherhood trail.
Is Barry O. a shiite or sunni?

albill on October 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

These guys are all up for sale to the highest bidder. Just another reason to stay away from the headhunters.

rodguy911 on October 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Destroying a country, then leaving it to pick up the pieces is not really cool.

albill on October 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

The lazy stupid coward definitely lost some political points for that one. The only thing he could have done that would be worse if he’s arming Al Qaeda…… oh wait.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Zero redefines incompetence daily. How can the dems continue to stand by the guy? Loyalty to that extreme is sorta sick.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

It’s not really Obama they’re loyal to. They would be the same regardless of who is in that office as long as he or she has a D after their name.

As Ann Coulter wrote this week, the Dems know that they now “own the government” and they’ve worked long and hard to get it and will not give up even an inch to the opposition. They’ll never let it go ever again. This is what is driving their loyalty. They see the Promised Land.

Cleombrotus on October 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Well Eleanor Holmes Norton almost had a head lock on him in the East Roo. So there’s that.

katy the mean old lady on October 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Except that trying to pick sides between Holmes Norton and the lazy stupid coward is like trying to find the good guys in Syria.

Happy Nomad on October 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Regarding the Middle East, with Barry O. it is not so much follow the money, but follow the Muslim Brotherhood trail.
Is Barry O. a shiite or sunni?

albill on October 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM
………………..
Zero is supposedly a sunni if you buy the supposed “obama” connection to kenya,if thats who he really is. But the true head of our govt. is val/jar who has Iranian connections. So you have to wonder if any of this applies or not.
Most likely they are all a bunch of whores just up for sale to the highest bidder. That seems to be the mid-east way.

rodguy911 on October 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Totally overblown; it was just some old fraternity brothers pranking him. They’re all now like “Sorry, bro. We were just gonna have you wake up in Vegas with some hookers and sh**. Really didn’t mean for this whole l’affair international thing to go down.”

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Zero redefines incompetence daily. How can the dems continue to stand by the guy? Loyalty to that extreme is sorta sick.

dogsoldier on October 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

It’s not really Obama they’re loyal to. They would be the same regardless of who is in that office as long as he or she has a D after their name.

As Ann Coulter wrote this week, the Dems know that they now “own the government” and they’ve worked long and hard to get it and will not give up even an inch to the opposition. They’ll never let it go ever again. This is what is driving their loyalty. They see the Promised Land.

Cleombrotus on October 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM
……………………

Great stuff here. My guess is you can follow the money trails.
As long as the money flows the marxists dems will stay in power. If their numbers crash and the money drys up which could and may already be happening we may get a chance to try and pick up the bones that are left of the country.
The problem there is that the dems have set up the economy for a fall the minute the 85 billon per month stipend by bernanke/yellen ends. It’s a house of cards and if we get the power expect them to do all they can to collapse the deck.
The only redeeming thing about socialists/marxists is that they tend to self-destruct and are basically useless when they can’t use our money any more.

rodguy911 on October 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Tell me again how this is all Bush’s fault?

BigAlSouth on October 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

NRO has a clip of krauthammer from yesterday discussing why should our allies in the middle east trust us in light of the cut off of aid to Egypt. well, now throw this “leak” in and i would expect no cooperation from anyone in the middle east. 0bama practices keystone kop diplomacy

chasdal on October 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Shiite or Sunni? That is a good question. Is MB Shiite or Sunni?
It seems to me that the two hate each other and want the other dead except they all want Israel and the West more. Hating by degrees, I guess. What a religion.
I think VJ and Obam-bam just want power and don’t give a rats as* about doctrine.
So I’ll go with the whore explanation.

ORconservative on October 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM