Nearly two years have passed since the end of Colonel Qaddafi’s dictatorship, but all is not well in Libya. What began as a popular uprising – that later gained international support through UN Security Council Resolution 1973 – has now turned into a potentially toxic security vacuum.
The head of Benghazi’s Joint Security Room survived an assassination attempt on Monday (November 18th) after his motorcade was hit by a bomb blast.
The autonomy of militias and an inadequate security sector are threatening Libya’s stability and transition to democracy, warns Frederic Wehrey after returning from a trip to the country. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, Wehrey analyzed the worsening crisis …
The dramatic events in Libya over the past 3 years represent a massive change for all involved. However, while the struggle to topple the Gaddafi regime was traumatic in itself, it signified only the end of one era and the start of another. The few months and years that follow …
For many Libyan bloggers, implementing the law is the solution to the country’s security crisis.
This week saw the latest violence through militia over-reaction resulting in large-scale deaths and injuries, this time in Tripoli and involving the Misrata Brigade when on 15th November they opened fire on demonstrators protesting their presence in the Ghargour district of the city.
Libya’s military swept into the capital Monday with dozens of pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns in an operation to drive out militiamen, the Associated Press reported.
Will Libya’s newly trained armed forces end up as just another of the armed groups competing for influence in today’s fractured Libya?
(Tripoli) – Militias from Misrata fired assault rifles, machine guns, and heavy weapons at overwhelmingly peaceful protesters in Tripoli on November 15, killing several people. Ensuing clashes between armed groups and militias left 43 people dead and at least 460 wounded. State security forces present at the initial protest apparently …