What’s Behind the Bombing at the French Embassy in Tripoli?

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A car exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday morning in what was likely a planned attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which wounded two French security guards and damaged part of the embassy’s compound. In a statement, French President François Hollande demanded a swift investigation: “France expects the Libyan authorities to shed the fullest light on this unacceptable act, so that the perpetrators are identified and brought to justice.”

Certain things stood out as notable in Tuesday’s blast — No. 1 being that no one was killed. And it went off at 7 a.m., before Libyans were up, and hours before the customary line for visa seekers usually starts forming outside the embassy.

Scrutiny now falls on militant Islamist groups active in Libya who are furious about France’s war against their comrades in Mali and the Sahel. “None of the recent attacks in Libya were major,” said Rami El-Obeidi, former intelligence chief for the Libyan rebels, by phone from Tripoli. “The militants don’t want Libyan casualties because they fear a backlash. The only thing that comes to mind is that this is retaliation for Mali. It’s a very clear message to Hollande.”

During the recent French offensive in Mali, there was heightened security in Libya, but that has eased as France has begun planning its military withdrawal. “People were saying they felt safe in Tripoli,” El-Obeidi said.

Indeed, several embassies are still situated in the busy Hay Andalus neighborhood of the capital, even seven months after the devastating attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American personnel, and shuttered most Western consulates in Libya’s second city. The U.S. embassy is situated in a well-guarded compound in a Tripoli suburb, set back from the road.

As a measure of how shaky Tripoli’s security remains, Libya’s Minister of Interior on Monday recently said he believed his cellphone was being monitored by someone, unknown, outside the government.

17 comments
paulgeorges
paulgeorges

Clear meaning and worth of the word gratitude with France  expressed right now in Lybia ,not to forget with US ambassador and Italien Consulate fire . It's perhaps for the same reason that USA, or even islamic countries don't want officialy to help Syria rebells except UK and France to weapon delivery. Then, next "words of warm gratitude" from Syria rebells perhaps in a few time?

Jazzer
Jazzer

How do you suppose it was a planned attack? This is so laughable. I suppose a planned attack is on everyone's calendar and an unplanned one is a total surprise. Since no one was killed perhaps it was planned or maybe these bombers were not very good at it. Why wouldn't the Minister of Interior's cell phone be monitored? Where did these reporters come from the back room of some obscure newspaper in New York city? How can they be so out of touch with the obvious otherwise.

SelenaRodriguez
SelenaRodriguez

"What’s Behind the Bombing at the French Embassy in Tripoli?"  A cheesy video? Lets ask Hillary...



YomaMa
YomaMa

I heard it was a movie posted on Netflix 2 years ago that caused this- use that for a couple of weeks, and play dumb-  the lies worked for obummer.

tangledweb66
tangledweb66

It might have something to do with France's approval of the same sex marriage law. Apparently the Libyans don't like homosexuality crammed down their throats (no pun intended). Look what they did to the homosexual US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens a while back. Our gay President should realize you just don't send homosexuals to Muslim countries, especially ambassadors.

Of course we remember what they did to their own leader, Moamar Khadafi, when they caught him, they shoved a bayonet up where the sun don't shine. So one has to wonder why, after thousands of years, these people still remain no higher than the savage beasts.

DarwinAkbar
DarwinAkbar

I wonder how long it will take a right-wing religious conservative to blame this on France allowing gay marriage.

donniemcbee
donniemcbee

They wonder if the French ever listen or read foreign media?  They might have had a warning!

"The cleric, Sheik Murgan Salem, also warned that similar attacks were expected in France. Salem made the comments during an interview on Tahrir TV on April 16, 2013. The interview was translated and posted to the internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)."

brucelortz
brucelortz

"A car exploded outside the French embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli Tuesday morning in what was likely a planned attack."

Either that or one hell of a factory recall.

AtlasLibre
AtlasLibre

Question: "What’s Behind the Bombing at the French Embassy"

Answer: Islam.

donniemcbee
donniemcbee

@tangledweb66 Actually it was Saudi supported, Qatar terrorist!  Also known as Syrian freedom fighters!

SelenaRodriguez
SelenaRodriguez

@DarwinAkbar -- Less time than it took a left-wing 'liberal' to post his worry that 'those people' will post on this. But you did make the connection yourself. Curious.

sensi
sensi

@donniemcbee Meh, France receives, monitor and thwart terrorist threats since decades, nothing new, business as usual.

sensi
sensi

@AtlasLibre Rather politically motivated terrorists and warlords using a fallacious, fringe and sectarian interpretation of Islam as an ideological alibi. FIFY.

SelenaRodriguez
SelenaRodriguez

@sensi @AtlasLibre Absolutely. They scream "we are the rather politically motivated terrorists and warlords using a fallacious, fringe and sectarian interpretation of Islam as an ideological alibi" ...........as they blow themselves up.