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US consulate attack in Benghazi: a challenge to official version of events

A year after the first US ambassador in 33 years was killed on duty, Chris Stephen, one of the first western reporters on the scene in Benghazi, pieces together what really happened from witness accounts, official reports, and the ruins of the compound

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Two years after Libya’s revolution, government struggles to control hundreds of armed militias

Tripoli, Libya — Mohamed Hossain Akari was at home with his parents one day last week when armed robbers drove up and started shooting — an all-too-familiar attack these days in Libya’s increasingly violent capital city.

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Libya’s Border Challenges and International Efforts to Assist Securing Frontier

GHADAMES – Driving from this oasis town deep into the harsh desert, a conspicuous white concrete pole, about 2 ½ metres high, stands out among the countless giant electricity pylons that dot the landscape. Handcarved in the cement at its base are three initials: “L, T, J”. This is where …

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Libya: Latest abduction highlights ‘dysfunctional’ justice system

The abduction of ‘Anoud al-Senussi, the daughter of military intelligence chief under al-Gaddafi, Abdallah al-Senussi, upon her release from prison in Tripoli raises serious concerns about her safety and the Libyan authorities’ ability to protect detainees held since the 2011 armed conflict, Amnesty International said. 

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Lessons from Libya: How Not to Intervene

BOTTOM LINES • The Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong. Libya’s 2011 uprising was never peaceful, but instead was armed and violent from the start. Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force. Although inspired by humanitarian impulse, NATO’s intervention did not aim mainly to protect civilians, but rather …

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