Libyan militia commander accuses US of piracy

2014-03-18 17:01
Naval Special Warfare Boat Team (SBT) 12 assist in a boarding  operation by providing small boat insertion and extraction to and from the boarded vessel.  (Kristopher Kirsop, US Navy, HO, AFP)

Naval Special Warfare Boat Team (SBT) 12 assist in a boarding operation by providing small boat insertion and extraction to and from the boarded vessel. (Kristopher Kirsop, US Navy, HO, AFP)

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Tripoli - A militia commander controlling Libya's oil terminals denounced the seizure by US commandos of a tanker that his militia was using to try to export oil in defiance of the country's central government, calling its capture "piracy".

Ibrahim Jedran, who is part of a movement demanding autonomy for eastern Libya, accused Washington of supporting authorities in the capital, Tripoli, who he said were dominated by Islamists. Speaking in a televised statement, he said the central government is ignoring the aspirations of the east, where the public has long complained of marginalisation and discrimination by Tripoli.

Jedran demanded the US free three eastern Libyans who were aboard the tanker when it was seized late on Sunday. He warned that if the men are handed over to Tripoli, it risks "civil war".

- AP
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