Libya’s ramshackle government lost control of a former Gaddafi stronghold today
after locals staged an armed uprising.
Forces loyal to ousted, and now dead, leader Muammar Gaddafi
seized control of Bani Walid and then raised in celebration the deposed regime’s green flag on hundreds of buildings.
The re-taking of the town, which saw elders driven out in a lengthy bloody gunbattle which killed four people and left 25 others wounded,
raises the spectre that the country will descend into civil war.
The return of violence to the oil-rich North African nation
will also be met with a rolling of the eyes in Washington and London,
who both spent billions in pushing Gaddafi out.