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Oil Rich but Lacking Institutions, Libya Struggles to Build a State: Q&A with Dr. Younes Abouyoub

On Sunday, Islamist militants consolidated their hold on the capital city of Libya and its international airport after a week of intense fighting against rival militia groups. Clashes between the militants over control of Tripoli erupted in July and are the most serious episodes of violence in the city since the fall …

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Malta-based ambassador to Libya says US will listen to all sides – only recognises democratically-elected House

The US will listen to all sides in Libya but will only recognise the democratically elected House of Representatives, US ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said this morning. She insisted though this did not mean the US would agree with every decision taken by the House of Representatives such as …

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Backdrop to an Intervention: Sources of Egyptian-Libyan Border Tension

The airstrikes that Emirati forces with Egyptian support conducted against militia positions in Libya in late August 2014 were sparked by an anti-Islamist military campaign in eastern Libya. The campaign, led by retired General Khalifa Hifter and a breakaway faction of the Libyan military, has profoundly altered Egyptian-Libyan relations. But …

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U.S., Europe weigh sanctions, armed force for Libya

The Obama administration and its European allies are weighing their options for greater involvement in Libya, including sanctions against warlords and an armed international force to help stabilize the North African country, diplomats said Tuesday.

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