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Following the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as leader of Libya, with a little help from western friends, peace has proved elusive in the country. Libya is yet another country in the Middle Eastern region that is volatile.
As violence flares once again various foreign diplomats are being withdrawn from Libya. The Canadian Embassy was business as usual until today.
According to CP24 "The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Lynne Yelich, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, cite an "unpredictable security environment." They say Canada's charge d'affaires and Canadian diplomats in Tripoli will temporarily work out of the Canadian embassy in Tunisia."
France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States have called on all their citizens to leave Libya. The USA and Turkey withdrew their diplomats a couple of days ago.
Others that have left Libya include staff at The United Nations Support Mission in Libya and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The safety of foreign nationals and diplomats is paramount, as it should be.
Remember the so-called Benghazigate affair? In September 2012 the US Ambassador in Benghazi was killed.
The attack happened on the anniversary of 9/11. British nationals in Libya were already playing a more cautious game, and they still are. Clinton was accused of failing to protect the ambassador and the others that died. A request for improved security at the embassy compound was allegedly ignored.
The Business Insider reported, 'In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—a group that has now disbanded, with some fighters reportedly participating in the attack that took Stevens' life.'
This led to the question " Was the USA gun running via Benghazi?"
Buenos Aires Herald