As expected, Libya remains an issue on the international scene. The current protagonists are: the militia of Zintan which is the pro-government nationalist militia, and the militia of Misrata which is described as an Islamist group.
As far as I am concerned the Islamist militia of Zintan is not necessarily concerned with Al Qaeda. During the Libyan civil war I saw no evidence to connect this particular group to Al Qaeda but that is certainly not the case with groups that originated in Benghazi. One has to look at the construction of the name of the group to get an idea of where they stand on various issues. I maintain that just because a group is seen as being Islamist does not mean that they totally follow the extremism of ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda etc. etc. I believe that actions speak louder than words.
On this score I want to point out that during the “first Libyan Civil War”, the militia from Misrata was made up of men who had been teachers and other professionals, who took up arms in a common cause. Some men in Misrate have been known for their more “traditional views”. For example, when one father had discovered that his daughters had been raped, he slit their throats because of the family dishonour. This action was condemned by others in Misrata including at least one imam who was then attempting to dissuade others from taking a similar action.
I do not see any value in making outlandish claims that somehow this Islamist group is associated with the current White House Administration. Yes, during that civil war arms were supplied but those arms came from other countries, such as from France, and they were sent to the people of Misrata via boat (sent from Benghazi to Misrata) at the request of Qatar. Now it could be that the arms supplied by Qatar to Misrata were purchased from the USA, so again anything is possible. What I do think is that this particular militia are nationalist in the same way that the group from Zintan is nationalist. The difference seems to be that of loyalty to the present government.
The militia from Zintan seems to favour the government. They are trusted by the government. This group is also responsible for guarding a member of the Gaddafi family. They have not done him any harm. On the other hand the militia from Misrata was blamed for the death of Gaddafi and his son. I will add here I am not surprised that they took care of Gaddafi in that manner, especially as a result of the conditions of that civil war were bad enough to have caused many to have an extra big grudge against that man!! The militia from Zintan have been true to their word where government is concerned.
So, why is there a conflict in and around Tripoli? It has a lot to do with people jockeying to impose their ideal on the rest of the nation where government is concerned. The new government does not have the dominance of the Islamists. There is no point being upset about the make up of the new government if the people refused to vote!! What the People from Misrata want is to impose Islamist rule upon all others. The others seem to want a more western style of government. What was thrown out when Gaddafi and his family were thrown out was in fact a Marxist government.
It is necessary to watch the situation in Tripoli in ordder to find out what is happening in Libya. The country remains unstable, yet, with changes at the top and in government, this particular country seems to be heading in the direction of democracy but we have to wait and see.
The Islamists of Misrata want to impose their brand of Islamization, but we shall have to wait and see if they end up winning.