WATCH: Islamic Militants Occupy Abandoned CIA Annex, Swim in Pool
Earlier today, a Libyan Islamic militant group said it had “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli.
Now, a YouTube video has emerged that appears to show Islamic militia members inside a CIA residential annex that was abandoned when U.S. left the region a month ago due to escalating violence.
According the reports, the same Islamic militia is guarding the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, roughly a mile away.
A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy's residential annex.
However, two sources with first-hand knowledge of the embassy and other U.S. facilities in Libya say the YouTube video in which the militia members are diving from a roof into pool was taken at the CIA annex in Tripoli that was abandoned when U.S. Embassy personnel and the ambassador pulled out July 26. It is about a mile away from the U.S. Embassy in Libya.
When CIA abandoned the annex in July, it would no longer be considered sovereign US territory.
Jones also said the compound appears to be "safeguarded," not "ransacked."
The fighting prompted diplomats and thousands of Tripoli residents to flee. Dozens were killed in the fighting.
On July 26, U.S. diplomats evacuated to neighboring Tunisia under a U.S. military escort. The State Department said embassy operations would be suspended until the security situation improved.
The Dawn of Libya militia is deployed around the capital and has called on foreign diplomats to return now that the fighting has subsided.
Watch the clip from America's News Headquarters above.