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Libya’s militias are a cause and a consequence of state weakness

Saturday 27 September,2014

President Barack Obama has lamented not doing more to follow up on the 2011 intervention in Libya.

As the U.S. builds its military campaign against the Islamic State, extending airstrikes into Syria, it is not too late for Washington and its allies to heed the lessons from Libya. Even in a post-Islamic State and post-Bashar Assad world, Syria

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Libyans need to find political consensus

Monday 23 June,2014

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Justifying the Nato-led military intervention in Libya, which far exceeded the mandate provided by UN Security Council resolution 1973, the US promised that the new, liberated Libya would become a regional beacon of justice and democracy.

How paradoxical, then, that last Tuesday brought us the news that a squad of

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Libya: No respite from violence

Monday 12 May,2014

The assassination of Col. Ibrahim Al-Senussi, a top government intelligence official, in Benghazi on Thursday shows how perilously close Libya is to the brink of a collapse. This North African country which has Africa’s largest oil reserves has seen a steady deterioration in security since the civil war that led to the ouster of Muammar

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The Democrats have become Benghazi deniers

At last, we have a Benghazi scandal that Democrats are willing to acknowledge — House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to form a select committee to investigate the administration’s handling of the 2012 terror attack in Libya.

This has been the occasion for outrage that Democrats haven’t been able to summon for any aspect of Benghazi to

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The brave women fighting bigotry in Libya

Sunday, 20 April , 2014

Once in a while, amid the destruction, kidnappings, murder and mayhem that is engulfing Libya, a brave voice emerges to give us hope that maybe there could be light at the end of the long, dark tunnel.

One such voice is Magdulien Abaida, who played an important part

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Graffiti defaces prehistoric rock art in Libya

Tuesday 15 April,2014

One of the most beautiful historic sites in Libya is under threat. Our observer has sounded the alarm over the situation at Tadrart Acacus, a mountain range in the country’s desert south where vandals have been destroying prehistoric rock art dating back thousands of years.

 Tadrart Acasus is a rocky massif located near the border with
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Egypt: Free Egyptian Army being formed in Libya

Thursday 10 April , 2014

By: Iman Ibrahim

Cairo: Egyptian security forces continue to chase armed groups active in the country. The confrontation does not seem it will come to end soon, with the information unfolding daily to security agencies about plans by those group to destabilize Egypt.

Security sources revealed to Al-Akhbar that “intelligence and security agencies succeeded in monitoring the movements of terrorist

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No polling stations for Egyptians abroad in Libya, Syria, Somalia

Thursday 10 April , 2014

By Basil El-Dabh

The security situations in Libya, Somalia and Syria have prevented the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) from establishing places for Egyptians to vote in those countries in upcoming elections, announced the commission’s secretary general Abdel Aziz Salman.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PEC had both previously announced that they had begun coordinating to

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Libya: The revival of minority voices

Tuesday 8 April , 2014

Adela Suliman

“I hadn’t realised there were black Libyans,” my friend gingerly commented as she reviewed an article in the newspaper, depicting Libya’s new interim and dark-skinned Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni. My friend could be forgiven for her surprise, as many are under the illusion that Libya is a homogenous Arab society.

Its geographical location in Northern

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Arms smuggling thrives in lawless Libya

Friday, 28 March , 2014

Reports of mysterious arms shipments at Libyan airports are escalating.

This new twist to trafficking was first reported last month. Salem Rafadi, commander of the Tobruk military region, talked about the seizure of weapons shipments at the eastern city’s airbase.

According to Rafadi, the first shipment was seized on February 14th. The cargo was supposedly a container

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