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Libya: Court rules elections unconstitutional, orders government dissolved

November 7, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"In a blow to anti-Islamist factions, Libya's highest court on Thursday ruled that general elections held in June were unconstitutional and that the country's parliament and government, which resulted from that vote, should be dissolved. The development further deepened the rift in the politically divided Libya, which has been mired in months-long bitter clashes and turmoil that have left the country with two rival parliaments and governments, killed hundreds and displaced whole populations of war-torn cities and towns. The Supreme Constitutional Court issued its ruling from the capital of Tripoli, which is controlled by Islamist-allied militias from the powerful western coastal city of Misrata." (11/06/14)

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Libya: Heavy fighting near Benghazi seaport; navy ship hit

November 3, 2014
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Reuters    

"A Libyan navy ship was hit and 13 people killed during heavy fighting with aircraft and tanks on Monday between the army and Islamist militants near the port of Benghazi, residents of the Mediterranean city said. ... Army special forces, backed by troops of an ex-general, launched an offensive in the Benghazi area two weeks ago against Islamist militants blamed by Washington for a 2012 assault on the former U.S. consulate which killed the American ambassador." (11/03/14)

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The descent of Libya

October 20, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Garikai Chengu  

"In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands. After NATO’s intervention in 2011, Libya is now a failed state and its economy is in shambles. As the government’s control slips through their fingers and into to the militia fighters’ hands, oil production has all but stopped." (10/20/14)

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Libya: Egyptian warplanes attack militias

October 16, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Egypt is deepening its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. ... The operation, they said, was requested by the internationally recognized Libyan administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk. That elected administration was thrown out of the capital, Tripoli, by rival militias allied with Islamic political factions." (10/15/14)

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Libya: Militias engage in deadly clashes

October 12, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"At least 21 people have been killed and more than 60 injured in fresh clashes over the weekend between rival militias in Libya, pushing the North African country deeper into instability. Witnesses said on Sunday that armed fighters from Tripoli's southwestern hilltown of Zintan, loyal to retired army commander Khalida Haftar, attacked the neighbouring town of Kekla which supports the rival Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) armed group. Haftar's army also clashed with the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in the eastern port city for the control of the Benina airbase." (10/12/14)

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Libya: Parliament swears in new government

September 28, 2014
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The Hindu [India]    

"Libya’s new parliament on Sunday swore in Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet during a meeting in the eastern port town of Tobruk. ... In Tripoli, a rival government under Omar al-Hassi claims power with the support of Islamist militias and the reconvened former interim parliament, the General National Congress. In Benghazi, the largest city in eastern Libya, radical Islamist militias have succeeded in pushing rival forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar out of most areas." (09/28/14)

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Tripoli bombed as Libya descends further into chaos; Egypt denies involvement

August 25, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"War planes attacked targets in Libya's capital Tripoli on Sunday, hours after forces from the city of Misrata said they had seized the main airport. Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn, but it was not clear who sent the planes. Egypt's president denied on Sunday any military involvement in Libya -- a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo and the United Arab Emirates of bombing their posts in Tripoli." (08/24/14)

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Keeping score on the Libya intervention: Good idea or tragic mistake?

August 24, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Justin Logan  

"Three years on, it’s worth a look at Libya and an effort to determine just how wrong the Libya skeptics were. So let’s start with the economy: According to Morgan Stanley, 2014 will see Libyan oil production above 25 percent of what it was under Qaddafi. Unemployment among youth ages 15-24 is 24 percent. Keep in mind: the economy is the optimistic part of the picture. Politically, the country is riven by sectarian violence and instability. Bombs continued dropping this week in Tripoli. The good news is that Islamist militias seemed to be the target. The bad news is that neither the Libyan government, nor the United States knows who did the bombing." (08/22/14)

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Libya: Militants seize Benghazi special forces base

July 30, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Islamist militants took control of the biggest special forces base in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle that killed 30 people. Soldiers abandoned their base after heavy shelling, according to Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi. ... Benghazi has become the epicenter of fighting between government special forces, who have teamed up with troops loyal to rogue former general Khalifa Haftar, and the coalition of Islamic groups Benghazi Shura Council and Islamist Ansar al Sharia." (07/30/14)

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Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

July 29, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi ... Foreign governments have looked on powerless as anarchy sweeps across the North African oil producer. Western countries have urged their nationals to leave, shut their embassies and pulled diplomats out, after two weeks of clashes among rival factions of former rebels killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi." (07/29/14)

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Libya: US evacuates embassy amid clashes

July 28, 2014
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. 'Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,' spokeswoman Marie Harf said." (07/26/14)

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Libya: 47 killed in airport clashes

July 21, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the international airport in the capital, Tripoli, have killed 47 people over the past 24 hours, Libya's health ministry said. ... The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli." (07/21/14)

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Egypt: Regime vows to punish attackers after 22 soldiers killed

July 20, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Egypt vowed on Sunday to punish the attackers who killed 22 border guards in its western desert near the frontier with restive Libya. Militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked a checkpoint, 630 kilometres west of Cairo, on Saturday, killing 22 soldiers and wounding another four. The military, which updated its previous death toll, said the soldiers were killed when an RPG set off an explosion in an ammunition depot at the Al Farafrah border security post." (07/20/14)

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Libya holds parliamentary election

June 25, 2014
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"Libyans are voting Wednesday for a new parliament as the country seeks an end to the turmoil that has persisted since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhaffi. More than 1,600 candidates are running for the 200 seats in the new body, with 32 of the seats designated for women." (06/25/14)

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Obama regime claims capture of suspected Benghazi attack mastermind

June 18, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"US Special Operations Forces seized the suspected mastermind of a deadly Benghazi consulate attack in a weekend raid in Libya, the White House announced on Tuesday. 'The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans [unless it's me and my drone bubbas],' said President Barack Obama while commenting on the arrest. 'This individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system.' Ahmed Abu Khattala has been suspected in the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans shortly after the Sept 11, 2012, attack. His capture marks the first apprehension of one of the alleged perpetrators in the attack." (06/18/14)

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Libya: A cautionary tale

June 10, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Jesse Franzblau  

"In March 2011, as NATO’s intervention in Libya was getting underway, U.S. President Barack Obama predicted that Libya would face serious challenges to ensuring stability, a result of what he called 40 years of tyranny that had left 'Libya fractured without strong civil institutions.' Gaddafi's legacy is surely relevant. But the current instability is also a direct result of the NATO intervention itself, which fueled the proliferation of armed militias and heavy weaponry in the country and has contributed to the spread of arms throughout the region." (06/10/14)

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Libya: Court rules election of PM invalid

June 9, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"In a chaotic parliamentary session, Libya’s supreme court Monday ruled that the election of premier Ahmad Maiteeq was unconstitutional, ending a monthlong political crisis that saw two rival cabinets jostling for power. Maiteeq said he would respect the ruling, hailing the decision as a 'boost for the conservation of the rule of law' in Libya. The standoff started in early May, when parliament voted Maiteeq as new premier to replace Abdullah al-Thani, who resigned after an attack on his family. However, Thani refused to recognize the parliamentary vote, which came days after gunmen stormed the building to interrupt an earlier ballot." (06/09/14)

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Libya: Rogue general survives suicide bombing

June 4, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A Libyan general who has been leading an offensive against Islamists dominating the country’s political scene survived a suicide attack on his residence in the eastern city of Benghazi on Wednesday, military officials said. The bomber drove up to the residence of Gen. Khalifa Hifter in Benghazi and detonated his explosives-laden vehicle when guards stopped him at the compound’s gate, the officials said. The site is less than a mile away from Benghazi’s military command in the suburb of al-Abyar. Hifter was unhurt in the explosion, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media." (06/04/14)

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Libya: Maiteeq takes office amid strife

June 3, 2014
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Baltimore Sun    

"Libya's new prime minister Ahmed Maiteeq on Monday held his first cabinet meeting at the premier's office after police forces helped him take over the building. The North African country is struggling with turmoil and a political crisis as outgoing premier Abdullah al-Thinni has refused to hand over power to Maiteeq who was elected by parliament in a chaotic vote last month." (06/02/14)

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US sends warship to Libya

May 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship with about 1000 marines off the coast of Libya in case the US embassy has to be evacuated, a US defence official says. The USS Bataan was to be in the area 'in a matter of days,' said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, on Tuesday. The move was described as 'precautionary' in case conditions in Libya, where militia battles have plunged the country into anarchy, worsen and require the embassy's evacuation." (05/28/14)

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More US interventionism in Libya?

May 23, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Except for the 2012 deadly attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya has dropped out of American news coverage since President Obama and NATO’s so-called humanitarian intervention in 2011. The American public has been led to believe that except for that terrorist outburst, things have been going pretty well in the country formerly ruled by Muammar Qaddafi. So it might come as a surprise that Obama has sent over 200 marines along with Osprey aircraft to Sicily in case the American embassy in Tripoli has to be evacuated." (05/22/14)

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Libya: Forces loyal to rogue general storm parliament, demand suspension

May 19, 2014
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

:Armed gunmen loyal to rogue General Khalifa Haftar attacked Libya’s parliament on Sunday, announcing its suspension. Forces loyal to Haftar claim to be purging the nation of Islamist militias while authorities accuse them of staging a coup. Two people were killed and 55 others injured in the clashes in Tripoli’s city center following the attack on parliament, Reuters quoted the country's justice minister, Saleh Mergani, as saying. The minister also called on all parties to put down their weapons and begin dialogue, according to his televised news conference." (05/19/14)

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Libya: Speaker confirms new prime minister after confusion

May 5, 2014
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"The speaker of Libya’s General National Congress confirmed Ahmad Matiq as the country’s prime minister on Monday, after approving his appointment, one day after a deputy speaker had declared Matiq’s election invalid. 'Ahmad Omar Matiq was appointed head of the transitional government, and asked to form his cabinet and present it to the GNC for a confidence vote within 15 days,' said the text of a decision signed by speaker Nouri Abu Sahmein. He confirmed that he had asked Matiq to form a new government within two weeks, according to the decree posted on parliament’s website. Sahmein wields quasi-presidential powers." (05/05/14)

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Libya: Five killed as suspected Islamist militants attack security HQ

May 2, 2014
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Reuters    

"Five people were killed and up to 15 wounded when suspected Islamist militants tried to storm Libyan government security headquarters in Benghazi on Friday, army officials said, setting off a firefight that lasted more than an hour. The dead were soldiers and police officers, army officials said. Huge explosions could be heard during the fighting in the early morning. Libya's central government is struggling to control armed groups, militias and brigades of former rebels who helped oust longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and now refuse to disarm." (05/02/14)

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Libya: Gunmen raid parliament, stop vote on new PM

April 30, 2014
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Gunmen attacked Libya’s parliament on Tuesday just as lawmakers were to hold a vote on the country’s next prime minister. The assailants opened fire, wounding several, according to parliament spokesman Omar Hmeidan. Lawmakers fled the building, according to witnesses. Though the siege ended quickly, the crucial vote to replace Premier Abdullah Al-Thinni was postponed until next week. Hmeidan said the gunmen were associated with one of the defeated prime minister candidates, though he did not name which failed candidate it was, Reuters reported." (04/29/14)

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