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Libya on the brink

The crisis in Libya appears to be reaching a turning point. The military situation is at a standstill, yet the political status quo cannot hold for much longer as control of the Central Bank and the oil wealth has become the primary field of contention. This presents an opening for …

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Stealing the revolution: violence and predation in Libya

The success of Libya’s 2011 revolution has given way to political disarray, an institutional vacuum, and an extraordinary proliferation of non-state and quasi-state armed groups operating across the country. However, rather than pursuing political or ideological objectives, these groups increasingly focus on resource predation.

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Weekly Security Report 07 October 2014 by SNE Special Projects

The UN sponsored talks are expected to begin again within the next few days after having the Eid holiday off. Tripoli has remained relatively quiet throughout the Eid al Adha festivities thus far, although militia leaders from Zintan have continued to claim that they intend to launch a counteroffensive against …

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Derna’s rival Islamist militias fall out over Caliphate allegiance

Following Friday’s declaration of allegiance to Daesh (the “Islamic State”) by Derna’s Shoura Council of Islamic Youth (SCIY) and its military parade through the streets, the town’s rival Islamist militia, the Abu Sleem Martyrs’ Brigade has said that it is not giving it allegiance to anyone outside the country.

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