BENGHAZI, Libya May 27 The leader of Libya's
Ansar al-sharia militant group in Benghazi warned the United
States on Tuesday against interfering in the country's crisis or
face worse than their conflicts in Somalia, Iraq, or
Ansar al-Sharia is listed as a foreign terrorist
organisation by Washington and it was accused of orchestrating
the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which U.S.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died.
Mohamed Zahawi, head of the Benghazi brigade of Ansar
al-Sharia, accused the U.S. government of backing renegade
former general Khalifa Haftar, who has begun a self-declared
campaign to purge Libya of Islamist militants.
"We remind America, if they intervene, of their defeats in
Afganistan, Iraq and Somalia, because they would face in Libya
something much worse," he said in a statement. "It was America
who urged Haftar to turn the country towards war and bloodshed."
(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum; writing by
Patrick Markey, editing by Mark Heinrich)