In the aftermath of President Barack Obama lifting a ban on allowing Libyans to train as pilots in the United States, Libyan Islamic terrorists belonging to the group Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) boasted on Saturday that they invaded and took control of the Tripoli International Airport. The airport had been under the control the pro-secular militias, according to Middle East news outlets.
"Acting without U.S. Congress knowledge or approval, President Barack Obama's administration is now allowing Libyan nationals to come to the United States and signup for flight schools or attend American universities to train as nuclear scientists," according to an August 14, 2014, Examiner news story.
Fajr Libya's victory claim has led to increased concern that the Islamists may cause the pro-secular militias to retreat from the city of Zintan and eventually could be driven out of the capital city of Tripoli.
Tripoli's airport had been occupied by militia groups since the 2011 rebellion that, with the help of the United States Air Force, toppled Libya's former leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who was beaten to death by rebels. But since July 13, 2014, the Islamist fighters launched a number of attacks to wrest control of it.
Intense combat between the Islamists and secularists has left more than 100 Libyans dead and another 450 wounded just within Tripoli's city limits. But the terrorists have expanded their assaults to other major cities such as Benghazi. Middle Eastern news media claim that the battles have turned into a full-fledged civil war.
While the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said its representatives will continue seeking a cease-fire between the rival groups, it also said it expects its efforts to be a fruitless effort. According to officials, "The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the continuing fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi, especially the indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods and public facilities as well as the use of aircraft in military operations."