Islamic Militants Storm the American Embassy in Libya

Militants control the abandoned American embassy compound in Tripoli as new airstrikes in Iraq bring relief to besieged town.
2:40 | 08/31/14

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And we turn over seas to that stunning video out of Libya tonight. Three years after America helped take down moammar Gadhafi, the country is in chaos. Islamic militants are celebrating. Alex marai Reporter: A swan dive, plunging into the pool at a U.S. Embassy. The celebration for this group of militants, who in their words today have secured this American residential annex in Tripoli. Empty since diplomats evacuated end of July. Libya descended further into chaos. On Twitter, the U.S. Ambassador said it appeared the embassy building itself is still guarded?4├žo town for two months the militants had trapped some 15,000 members of a minority group there. The un feared a possible massacre. New us air strikes cleared the way for Iraqi troops and the Pentagon says American planes dropped more than 100 bundles of food, water and medicine. ABC's senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny joins me. Jeff, what does this mean for U.S. Action in Syria, where Isis is also gaining ground? Reporter: Good evening, Rebecca. The white house and Pentagon say there is a significant break through with the air strikes in Iraq. But one U.S. Official tells me it's like putting out a brush fire in the broader fight against Isis. The question still facing the president, whether he can make the case for expanding military action in Syria. Congress of course is very skeptical. And even members of his cabinet are divided over whether limited military effort could be successful here. But this is a top agenda item as the president travels to Europe for a nato summit. He is trying to build a coalition in the region for possible expansion of the military fight in Syria. Rebecca. A lot on his plate. Jeff, thank you.

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