Libya

الجماهيرية العربية الليبية الشعبية الإشتراكية العظمى

How Libya Saps American Power

Leslie Gelb, The Daily Beast

How Libya Helped NATO Get Its Groove Back

James Joyner, Foreign Policy

West Exacerbates Libya's Suffering

Doug Bandow, The National Interest

The Future of Libya Involves the West

Rajan Menon, Los Angeles Times

Forget Libya, Afghanistan Matters More

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The failure of NATO and the U.S. to deal a swift blow against Gaddafi makes us look weak....(full article)

The case for the alliance is stronger than it has been since the collapse of the Soviet Union....(full article)

The tendency of public officials to misstate and mislead is well established. Put three national leaders together and the deceptions more than triple. At least, that is the lesso...(full article)

The fighting in Libya has reached a stalemate: Moammar Kadafi has proved far more resilient than his adversaries anticipated, and he has also exposed the limits...(full article)

Unlike Libya, which long ago ceased to support terrorism, al-Qaeda continues to thrive in the lawless region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Apart from stabilising Afghanistan, s...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

In Libya, Politicians Live in Fear of Powerful Militias - Maggie Michael, AP

In a humiliating video, Libya's top politician - the head of parliament - is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his...

Can Libya Stay Together? - Musa al-Gharbi, The National Interest

Notwithstanding reductionist narratives about the so-called “Arab Spring,” the uprising in Libya began as a struggle for succession of the east—a struggle which had been ongo...

Libya's Old Divisions Reawaken - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Libya has been a chaos of rival militias holding down local fiefdoms ever since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year dictatorship in 2011, but in the past month the dis...

Libya: A Western Made Disaster - Owen Jones, The Guardian

Who could object to the removal of Colonel Gaddafi? But what has happened since shames western interventionists....

Let Us Count the Ways Arabs Are Dying - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....

Can Russia Still Act Responsibly? - Christian Science Monitor

Despite its Crimea crime, Russia votes at the UN to honor Libya's sovereignty against rebel attempts to steal the country's oil. The world order still needs that kind of Russia....

Libya Is Now a Bigger Disaster - Gene Healy, Washington Examiner

Libya suffered through an eventful St. Patrick's Day on Monday: car bomb attacks in Benghazi killed at least eight people, and the U.S. Navy SEALs scored “one for the Morning...

Libya: A Country on the Brink - The Guardian

Morning Glory's story makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the future of the country....

Was There a Deal with Iran over Lockerbie? - Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

The West should come clean about who really bombed Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 -- we owe it to the victims’ families....

Iran, Not Libya, Is Guilty of Lockerbie Bombing - The Independent

The evidence that the Lockerbie bomb – which detonated on Flight 103 from London to Washington, killing 270 people – was planted by the Libyans gets thinner and thinner...

Leading from Behind on Syria - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind. "Leading from behind," you'll recall, is how a White House a...

The End of Arab Paternalism - Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund

Behind the empowerment of the Arab Spring and its novel focus on citizen sovereignty lies a deeper realization: the realization that the state can no longer provide. The implicatio...

Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens - Greg Hicks, Wall St Journal

Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which res...

Where the Buck Stops in Benghazi - Edward Morrissey, The Fiscal Times

Democrats (as “the Majority” in the report) concluded that the attempt to claim that the attack was a demonstration over a YouTube video did not constitute a cover-up, but rat...

Defining al-Qaeda Down - Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard

The Obama administration has devoted considerable time and effort to convincing the American people that al Qaeda is “on the run”—and if not already dead, then at...

Why We'll Never Stop Arguing About Benghazi - Blake Hounshell, Politico

On a sleepy holiday weekend, the New York Times revived a debate that most of us thought was over: Did the Obama administration mislead Americans about what happened in Benghazi, L...

Down the NY Times' Benghazi Rabbit Hole - Andrew McCarthy, NRO

What was the commander-in-chief of the United States armed forces doing through the night of September 11, 2012, while he knew Americans were under jihadist siege in Libya? You won...

The Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2014 - Peter Dorrie, War Is Boring

The civil wars, insurgencies and political standoffs that will shape the continent this year....

Credulous and Tendentious on Benghazi - National Review

The New York Times has published a strange but unsurprising account of the attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 — strange in that it p...

Refuting the Benghazi Conspiracy Theorists - New York Times

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, las...

The NY Times Whitewashes Benghazi - Thomas Joscelyn, Weekly Standard

David D. Kirkpatrick of the New York Times has published a lengthy account of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. While much in Kirkpatrick’s report ...

Uncovering the Murky Truth in Benghazi - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

There was plenty of confusion during the September 11 Benghazi attack. But not much al-Qaeda....

As Obama Dithers, North Africa Unravels - John Bolton, NY Daily News

America has several significant strategic stakes in North Africa. First is preventing Al Qaeda and other terrorists from increasing their influence or even seizing control of Afric...

Is Libya al-Qaeda's New Hotbed? - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Sunday’s suicide bombing in Benghazi could be a sign that al Qaeda is no longer using Libya as a haven—but instead turning the country into a battlefield....

How the Arab Spring Survived 2013 - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The overarching lesson of the last year is that bringing down regimes is much easier than building new, democratic ones. The next time established democracies face a democratic ope...

Middle East Mess Isn't About Settlements - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

Obama’s mistake was to make a public demand of an ally (and a client) and then have no Plan B ready when that ally refused to listen. Netanyahu’s unwillingness to rever...

The Benghazi Syndrome - Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, Los Angeles Times

As a Foreign Service officer in Libya, I saw firsthand how politics hurt our interests there and beyond....

Europe's Deadly Border - David Bacon, Boston Review

As in the United States, a hot debate in Italy over immigration policy has grown even more polarized in the wake of these tragedies. Lampedusa residents, outraged at the continuing...

Libya Is Crumbling - The Daily Star

The international community offered either verbal or material support to the rebels who ended the Gadhafi era, and it should also do everything possible to halt and reverse the sta...

Libya Is on the Brink - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Tripoli was engulfed last night in some of the heaviest fighting seen since the ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as two of the country’s most powerful militias clas...

Why the U.S. Can't Leave the Middle East - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs

A majority of American voters in both parties have had it. They are just flat-out not interested in spending any more money or lives to help out. Even many foreign policy professio...

The U.S. Plan to Build a Libyan Army - Frederic Wehrey, Foreign Affairs

The plan seems reasonable on paper. Trained at overseas bases outside Libya, the new force will allow the government to project its own authority, protect elected officials and ins...

Benghazi Was Planned, Sophisticated Attack - Lara Logan, 60 Minutes

When Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of September 11th last year, it was only the sixth time that the United States had lost an ambassador to its en...

U.S. Inattention to Libya Breeds Chaos - David Ignatius, Washington Post

For a case study of why America’s influence has receded in the Middle East, consider the example of Libya. Some simple steps over the past two years might have limited the countr...

DC Loses American Middle on Foreign Policy - Christian Whiton, RCW

With these unappealing choices presented by Washington, it should come as no surprise that average Americans are hesitant of any new foreign initiatives. But at the same time, poll...

Did the U.S. Grab the Right Terrorist? - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

For his family, Abu Anas al-Liby, to use his nom de guerre, is an easy-going husband and kind, playful father who, just days before a Delta Force team grabbed and bundled the 49-ye...

Funding Jihadists During the Shutdown - Andrew McCarthy, NRO

So support for the Syrian jihad remains unaffected by the shutdown, just like the Capitol Hill gym and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” website. Obama did man...

Poor Libya Has Fallen to Militia Madness - Shashank Joshi, Daily Telegraph

The Libyan state lacks the firepower to impose its will on an increasingly lawless country....

The Inevitable Rise of al-Qaeda in Libya - John Rosenthal, Al Monitor

The seizure and rendition of key al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli on Oct. 5 is being hailed as a victory for American counterterrorism efforts. Given that Libi — or...

Libya Is a Failed State - James Stafford, Oilprice

Gunmen today seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed stat...

Libya's New Normal - Vivienne Walt, Time

A sign of Libya’s precarious security situation and deep dysfunction, militia aligned with members of the government’s own Ministry of the Interior snatched Prime Minister Al...

Pivot to Asia or Shift to Africa? - Hilary Matfess, The Atlantic

This weekend, the United States conducted two raids against militant Islamists in Tripoli, Libya and Barawe, Somalia. Though the action in Tripoli appeared to be more successful...

Good Thing Terrorist Hunters Weren't Furloughed - Peter Bergen, CNN

The two raids over the weekend show that President Obama remains very comfortable deploying special operations forces in countries the United States is not at war with as a means t...

Navy SEALs Not Enough to Win War on Terror - Max Boot, NY Post

The paradox, and saving grace, of the Obama presidency is that while the president is indecisive about big things -- the Afghan surge, intervention in Syria, entitlement reform, ...

Americans at War in Africa - Wall Street Journal

The tide of war against al Qaeda is expanding, as two weekend raids by U.S. commandos illustrate. The raids show the skill and reach of American special forces, but also the enduri...

A Tale of Four Wars - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

The four wars fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria over the past 12 years have all involved overt or covert foreign intervention in deeply divided countries. In each case t...

Why ICC Should Drop Its Gaddafi Case - Timothy Waters, Foreign Affairs

Legal justice is hardly assured in Libya these days, although the other, rougher kind sometimes is: Al-Islam’s lawyers have warned that their client faces the death penalty o...

Imagining a Remapped Middle East - Robin Wright, New York Times

The map of the modern Middle East, a political and economic pivot in the international order, is in tatters. Syria’s ruinous war is the turning point. But the centrifugal for...

Libyans Want a New Dictator - Nicolas Pelham, NY Review of Books

It is perhaps a measure of how close Libya is to breaking apart that two years after ousting one dictator, many Libyans are craving another. Rapacious brigades of armed volunteers,...

Truth and Consequences for Benghazi - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The only real accountability for the Benghazi scandal will have to come in 2016. Reading through the competing partisan reports and listening to the congressional testimony of var...

UN Approves Air Strikes in Libya

A pro-Qaddafi crowd stormed a news conference given by Libya's deputy foreign minister at a hotel in Tripoli early Friday. The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to aut...

Gaddafi Planes Bomb Rebel City

Libyan students attend a pro-Gadhafi rally organized in the parking lot of the Rixos hotel where the foreign press is staying in Tripoli, Libya, Monday March 14, 2011. Teachers ...

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Jordan's ambassador to Libya ki

Jordan's ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in central Tripoli on Tuesday, the foreign ministries...

Libya adjourns trial of ex-Gaddafi

By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's so...

Official: Gunmen abduct Jordan amba

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesd...

Libya to export first oil since reb

A tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude on Tuesday from Libya's reopened Hariga port,...

Libya: Gunmen abduct Jordanian amba

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early ...