Who will Govern the Libyan Capital of Tripoli?

Recent developments in Tripoli indicate a renewed struggle for influence and power in the Libyan capital, as the revolutionaries of Tripoli seized control of the headquarters of the General Intelligence Service following clashes that continued for several hours Sunday.

The clashes resulted in deaths and injuries on both sides and the detention of a number of officers and guards, most from the city of Misrata, as well as Mustafa Noah of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

The Government of National Reconciliation controls several government facilities in the capital, including the ministries of health and communication.

Requests for intervention forces to restore the General Intelligence Building went out to neighboring cities while mediation efforts between the two sides began to spare further casualties before a  new round of fighting started with military movements in several areas.

The Tripoli Brigade, led Haitham Tagouri, is currently one of the strongest in the capital with fighters stationed in Alfornaj, Ain Zara, Bir Usta and Mitiga.

Haitham Tagouri has switched his allegiance more than once. In 2014 he was arrested and interrogated by the General National Congress. Tagouri led Islamist militias in the 2013 siege and storming of several ministries during the presidency of Ali Zeidan.

He has assumed a variety of roles including advocating for the return of the monarchy, anti-Muslim Brotherhood, anti-LIFG, an antagonist of Misrata military brigades and a supporter of the Government of National Reconciliation.

The atmosphere is ripe for the expansion of armed conflict for influence and power in a city teeming competing militias while the general population suffer under increasingly deteriorating security and living conditions.

Source: Agencies
Translated by Meena Sovjani for Jamahiriya News Agency