Libya

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017

The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.

The Canadian NDP and the Libyan war: Niki Ashton is a liar

By Roger Jordan, 29 August 2017

Ashton claims she cannot remember how she voted in 2011 when Canada’s social democrats twice endorsed the NATO bombardment of Libya.

Refugees: EU strikes deadly deal with Libyan coast guard on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017

Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.

Rome sends warships into Libyan waters to block refugees

By Alex Lantier, 5 August 2017

This mission points to the rising danger of a new imperialist intervention in Libya carried out by competing European powers.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

Libyan Red Crescent recovers bodies of 74 refugees

By our reporter, 23 February 2017

The bodies were recovered after washing ashore near the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya.

In final acts of bloodletting, Obama orders bombings in Libya, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2017

The renewal of the US air war in Libya came amid signs that Russia is exercising increasing influence in the country.

Joint Russian, Turkish bombing campaign in Syria deepens NATO crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2017

The joint Russian-Turkish action came on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is reportedly preparing a major escalation of US intervention in the region.

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party covers up its support for Libya war

By Kumaran Ira, 10 November 2016

As the Libyan catastrophe produced by the 2011 NATO war exposes the NPA’s bankruptcy, it is trying to bury its own record of supporting imperialist war.

UK parliamentary report criticises Libya war but conceals its geo-strategic aims

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2016

The Foreign Affairs Committee describes Libya’s political and economic collapse and the growth of the Islamic State group in North Africa.

Italian soldiers fighting in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2016

Basing itself on a new “anti-terror” law, the Renzi government is deploying Italian soldiers in Libya without the consent of parliament.

Libya’s Tobruk parliament refuses to recognize Western-backed government

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2016

The decision means that the bombing raids conducted by the US in Sirte, which began this month, violate international law.

US Special Forces coordinating operations in Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 13 August 2016

US ground troops were involved in fighting in Libya this week in operations that include supporting local militias and coordinating air attacks from a secret base just outside of Sirte.

More airstrikes in new US war in Libya

By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2016

While nominally directed against ISIS, the fresh eruption of American militarism is more broadly aimed at stamping US dominance throughout the region.

After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 August 2016

The bombing of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte was ordered amid an explosive escalation of American militarism.

Three French soldiers killed during secret military operations in Libya

By Anthony Torres, 27 July 2016

The incident underscores the illegal character of the ongoing military operations in Libya, which are being carried out behind the backs of the French people.

UN Security Council agrees to military intervention off Libyan coast

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2016

Within the framework of the EU’s Operation Sophia, Germany is expanding its naval presence off the Libyan coast and leading the preparations for a military intervention.

More than 2,500 refugees drowned in Mediterranean so far this year

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016

The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2016

With estimates of up to 900 refugees drowning, the past week has been the deadliest so far this year.

US prepares troop deployment to Libya amid fight for oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2016

The Pentagon’s top general said troops could be sent “any day” once there was a formal request from the Western-backed regime in Tripoli.

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2016

American commando teams are waging and preparing for war across ever-growing stretches of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

European powers on verge of new military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

The European powers are exploiting the mass drownings in the Mediterranean to expand their military operations in the region.

Hundreds feared dead as another refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2016

According to reports, hundreds more refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on the first anniversary of the worst refugee boat disaster to date.

Western powers press ahead with plans for new war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016

Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.

US, NATO preparing new air and ground attacks against Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 5 April 2016

Barely five years after destroying Libya as a functioning society, the imperialist powers are preparing a new bombing campaign and ground invasion.

Western powers prepare military operations in Libya

By Niles Williamson, 9 March 2016

Plans for a renewed imperialist intervention in Libya have reached an advanced stage following the deployment of US and European special forces to the country in recent weeks.

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016

In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.

Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016

The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2016

The talks have been postponed for at least three weeks amid an upsurge of fighting between US and Russian-backed forces.

Pentagon prepares another war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2016

Having first devastated Libya in the name of “human rights,” Washington is now about to attack it again on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

US, European powers prepare new air and ground operations against Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 21 December 2015

Led by the US, Britain and France, the Western powers are preparing a new military onslaught on Libya, including the deployment of commando teams, hundreds of conventional ground troops and yet another bombing campaign.

Clinton testifies before House Benghazi committee

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015

The televised circus in Washington covered up the real issue: the alliance of the US government with Al Qaeda forces in regime-change operations in both Libya and Syria.

Bodies of at least 95 refugees found on Libyan shores

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2015

The latest tragedy marks a continuation of the humanitarian crisis caused by imperialist wars in North Africa and the Middle-East, and the repression of asylum-seekers.

Imperialist powers prepare another military intervention in Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 5 August 2015

Troops from five European nations will work with US forces, the EU and the UN in an operation expected to number several thousand.

Libyan kangaroo court sentences Gaddafi’s son and others to die

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2015

Eight former Gaddafi government officials were condemned to life in prison in the mass show trial, while seven were sentenced to 12-year prison terms.

UK Conservatives plan war and domestic repression

By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2015

The Tories are fashioning an increasingly aggressive military policy and undertaking measures that represent a grave threat to democratic rights.

US war planes bomb alleged militants in Libya, killing dozens

By Thomas Gaist, 16 June 2015

The bombing is the latest in a series of illegal targeted assassinations and kidnappings carried out by US forces in Libya.

Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton, Inc. and the rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015

Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

UK: Blair government colluded in extraordinary rendition of Libyans

By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2015

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote to then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that he was “disappointed” that Britain was unable to send more regime opponents back to Libya.

France preparing military strikes against southern Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 10 January 2015

Operation Serval has proven to be the spearhead for the establishment of a permanent French military occupation of the Sahel.

NATO’s Libyan puppet regime bombs Misrata amid escalating civil war

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2014

Libya is ravaged by a civil war between NATO’s proxy regime and Islamist militias, with the imperialist powers threatening to intervene militarily.

Libya disintegrates as rival governments vie for control

By Jean Shaoul, 2 October 2014

Libya’s government is now based in the city of Tobruk in the far eastern part of Libya, isolated and exercising little control over the country.

Mediterranean shipwrecks leave over 700 refugees dead, many fleeing Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014

Underlying the desperate attempts of refugees to reach Europe is the chaos that multiple imperialist interventions have inflicted upon the Middle East and Africa.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

The Libyan catastrophe

By Alex Lantier, 29 July 2014

The catastrophe in Libya is an indictment not only of the imperialist powers, but also of pro-imperialist academics and pseudo-left parties they mobilized to support the war.

US evacuates Libyan embassy

By Patrick Martin, 28 July 2014

The abandonment of its embassy in Tripoli is the latest debacle for US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.

Civil war surges in Libya after legislative elections

By Jean Shaoul, 16 July 2014

Libya's main cities have become war zones, with various Islamist-led militias battling for control of the country's oil wealth.

More questions than answers after US commandos seize Benghazi attack suspect

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala has been living openly in his home district in Benghazi for the past two years, while denying any role in the attack on the US mission in which four died.

Fighting between militias intensifies in Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 5 June 2014

There is the very real possibility of a military coup and civil war in a country already devastated by the NATO-led war to overthrow Col. Muammar Gaddafi followed by three years of infighting among rival militias.

US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines to Libyan coast

By Barry Grey, 31 May 2014

Washington is deeply involved in the civil strife wracking Libya, backing a rebel general and long-time CIA asset who is seeking to carry out a coup.

Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

CIA-linked general launches Libya coup bid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2014

General Khalifa Haftar launched his armed actions as the Pentagon positioned a US Marine task force for a possible intervention.

The Benghazi diversion

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2014

The House Republicans have voted for a select committee to investigate the attack on US diplomatic and intelligence facilities in the Libyan city.

Libya: Ex-US base now headquarters of Al Qaeda-linked forces

By Gabriel Black, 1 May 2014

A training site operated by US Special Forces for Libyan militias is now controlled by an Al Qaeda affiliate that sends Islamist fighters to Syria.

Libyan kangaroo court trials begin against Gaddafi’s sons

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2014

The mass trial that began Monday in Tripoli, involving 38 people, including two of deposed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, exposes the criminality of the Western powers.

US Navy SEALs seize tanker carrying Libyan oil

By Jean Shaoul, 20 March 2014

Libya represents yet another catastrophe created by US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.

Libyan military commander calls for Egyptian-style military junta

By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2014

The General National Congress is little more than a consortium of Islamist forces, ex-Gaddafi regime elements, and criminal gangs.

Protests grow as Western powers, rival militias loot Libyan oil industry

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 October 2013

The predatory character of NATO’s 2011 war emerges most clearly in the looting of the heart of Libya’s economy: its massive oil industry.

Libyan prime minister abducted in retaliation for US raid on Tripoli

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013

The kidnapping highlighted the impotence of the neo-colonial regime set up by NATO after the war in Libya two years ago.

Mass anger builds in Libya after US Special Forces raid

By Thomas Gaist, 9 October 2013

Faced with ruinous social conditions after the 2011 NATO war and further US military interventions, anger is building in the Libyan population.

The US raid on Libya and the fraud of the war on terror

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2013

The target of the US kidnapping operation in Libya was someone who had previously enjoyed the collaboration and protection of Washington and its allies.

Two years after US-NATO war, torture rampant in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2013

Thousands remain imprisoned in Libya without charges and subject to systematic torture, the UN reports.

Libya destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

Libya’s General National Council passes Political Isolation Law

By Jean Shaoul, 24 May 2013

Armed Islamist militias forced parliament to pass the Political Isolation Law, outlawing officials who had worked for Gaddafi from holding office.

Libya wracked by protests targeting government and French forces

By Jean Shaoul, 3 May 2013

Violence is engulfing Libya’s capital city, Tripoli.

State Department officials sanctioned for Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2012

The disciplining of four State Department officials and the report issued by the inquiry into the attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya amount to an official coverup of the real issues involved.

UK government pays millions to tortured Libyan to conceal its crimes

By Julie Hyland, 18 December 2012

The British government has agreed to pay £2.23 million to Libyan Sami al-Saadi and his family, who were kidnapped with the aid of MI6 and rendered to Tripoli.

US spy agencies edited Benghazi “talking points”

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012

Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.

US prepares military strikes as Libya crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2012

The White House is considering drone strikes and Special Forces raids in retaliation for the fatal September 11 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Attack in Libya disrupted major CIA operation

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2012

The September 11 attack that claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans disrupted a major CIA operation in the North African country.

US blames Libya attack on Al Qaeda-linked forces it previously backed

By Alex Lantier, 22 September 2012

US officials believe the Benghazi attack is the work of Al Qaeda-linked forces backed by Washington during last year’s war in Libya.

The US embassy protests

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2012

Protests at US embassies against an anti-Islamic video are a devastating popular verdict on the policies of the US government in the Middle East.

“The Quiet American”: the death of J. Christopher Stevens

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2012

The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya is a consequence of the bloody and murderous role of imperialism in that region and throughout the world.

US sends Marines to Libya after ambassador’s killing

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2012

The killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US personnel in the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi is by all appearances a case of the chickens coming home to roost.

Libya destabilised by Egypt coup

By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2012

The unstable Libyan regime of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, amid growing social and political tensions, is being further destabilised in the aftermath of the Egyptian coup.

The real significance of Libya’s elections

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 11 July 2012

The elections for a new General National Congress in Libya are an attempt to provide a “democratic” façade for an authoritarian and undemocratic government, subservient to the interests of the major Western powers, corporations and banks.

NATO-installed regime seeks “democratic” cover in Libyan elections

By Jean Shaoul, 7 July 2012

Libya goes to the polls today to choose a 200-seat General National Congress to replace the National Transitional Council (NTC).

Major powers demand release of ICC lawyer from Libya

By Mike Head, 18 June 2012

The NATO powers are determined to get their hands on Saif Gaddafi, who possesses details of the lucrative ties established between his father’s inner circle and the Western powers between 2004 and 2010.

Libyan elections postponed amid mounting violence

By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2012

Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has postponed elections scheduled for June 19 amid continuing militia clashes, kidnappings and arrests.

Convicted of Lockerbie bombing, al Megrahi dies protesting innocence

By Steve James, 22 May 2012

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi has died in Tripoli. He was the sole person convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. His co-accused, Llamen Fhimah, was acquitted at their 2001 trial.

Council of Europe report makes NATO responsible for the death of 63 refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 April 2012

NATO bears a high degree of responsibility for the deaths of 63 refugees, who died of thirst last spring in the Mediterranean as they travelled from Libya to Italy.

Libya autonomy declaration poses threat of civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2012

Following a declaration of autonomy by tribal and militia leaders in oil-rich eastern Libya, the head of the National Transitional Council threatened the use of force to prevent the country’s partition.

Amnesty International details torture and murder in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2012

A new report documents gruesome violations of human rights under the new regime established by the US-NATO war.

Ongoing atrocities by NATO-installed Libyan regime

By Will Morrow, 11 February 2012

The war crimes and abuses being perpetrated by the TNC regime further expose the claims that the NATO allies intervened for humanitarian purposes to rescue the Libyan people from violent repression.

Former Gaddafi official tortured to death in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2012

The murder of Omar Brebesh follows a series of reports by human rights groups on torture in the prisons of the new “democratic” Libya.

US-NATO war crimes in Libya

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2012

A report released last week by Middle East human rights groups presents extensive evidence of war crimes carried out in Libya by the United States, NATO and their proxy “rebel” forces.

Human rights groups charge NATO with war crimes in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2012

There is strong evidence that NATO carried out war crimes in its eight-month war for regime-change in Libya, according to a report released Thursday by Middle East human rights groups.

Libya: TNC releases anti-democratic draft electoral laws

By Will Morrow, 13 January 2012

The NATO-installed regime’s legislation features provisions preventing people nominating themselves as candidates.

Former Tripoli Brigade leader Mahdi al-Harati outed as US asset

By Steve James, 3 December 2011

An article in Ireland’s Sunday World has drawn attention to relations between Mahdi al-Harati, former leader of the Tripoli Brigade of the National Transition Council, which played a central role in the NATO assault on Libya, and an unnamed US intelligence agency.

Gaddafi’s son captured in Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 22 November 2011

The capture of Saif al Islam has raised the spectre of a drawn-out criminal trial in The Hague, with embarrassing details emerging of the intimate ties between the Gaddafi regime and Western powers.

New Libyan prime minister installed by NATO-backed regime

By Peter Symonds, 3 November 2011

The main qualification of the relatively unknown Abdurrahim al-Keib for office is his acceptability to the NATO powers that waged a predatory war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

NATO declares formal end to criminal war on Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2011

NATO formally ended its seven-month predatory war against Libya at midnight Monday, having achieved its aim of regime change and opened up the country to unrestrained exploitation of its huge energy resources by Western oil companies.

Mass killings, arbitrary detention under new Libyan regime

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2011

The barbaric conclusion to the NATO military campaign in Libya underscores the fraud of the declared “liberation.”

US and NATO murder Muammar Gaddafi

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2011

The savage killing Thursday of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi served to underscore the criminal character of the war that has been prosecuted by the US and NATO over the past eight months.

The destruction of Sirte

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 October 2011

The atrocities now being committed in Sirte arise directly out of the nature and aims of the neo-colonial intervention itself.

Sirte destroyed by NTC-NATO offensive in Libya

By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2011

The Libyan town of Sirte has been all but destroyed and its inhabitants turned into homeless refugees.

Sirte’s fall to usher in mass repression by Libya’s National Transitional Council

By Chris Marsden, 15 October 2011

The National Transitional Council has stated that the fight for control of Sirte is reaching “endgame,” with its forces having seized 80 percent of the city.

NATO and anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya step up bombardment of Sirte

By Patrick O’Connor, 10 October 2011

The crisis in Sirte underscores the grotesque nature of the claims made by the NATO powers and their political cheerleaders that the war on Libya was a “humanitarian” intervention.

Costs of UK’s colonial war in Libya spiral

By Joe Mount, 7 October 2011

The neo-colonial intervention into Libya has cost the UK around £1.75 billion so far, seven times the figure originally stated.