September 19, 2017

Tag Archives: Misrata

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Russia in Libya: War or Peace?

Unexploded ordnance, tanks and weapons that were used during fighting between feuding militias in Misrata, the third largest city of Libya. (Photo by Joepyrek, CC license)

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilization on Europe’s southern border. Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

A sign on the side of the road warns of the risks of unexploded ordnances. Sirte, Libya. (File photo European Commission DG ECHO, CC License)

Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. Read More »

Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya Is a Failed State

(Photo by mojomogwai, Creative Commons License)

Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in. The toxic legacy of Gaddafi’s divisive and authoritarian regime, which pitted Libya’s diverse factions against one another, has plagued the prospects for any central authority gaining widespread legitimacy in the war-torn country. Read More »

Inside Libya’s Ghost Town

Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya's Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad, seen through a hole blown in the outside wall of a family home. (Photo by Tom Westcott/IRIN)

Ongoing UN-led talks in Geneva aimed at ending Libya's civil war appear to be faltering, with one side of the conflict partially boycotting the talks. On the front line, one small town has become the battle ground for the fight for both Libya's oil and its soul. Read More »

Libya’s Sidelined IDPs

A Tawergha IDP camp on Airport Road in Tripoli, Libya.  (Photo by Mathieu Galtier/IRIN)

In August 2011, Misrata militias entered the Libyan town of Tawergha and burnt it to the ground, causing 42,000 Tawerghans to flee. Three years on, an estimated 35,000 of those IDPs are still sheltering in temporary camps in Tripoli and Benghazi. Read More »