Libya Tribune

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A Study in Contrasts – Benghazi vs. Ankara

By Bob Barr In Roman ruler Julius Caesar’s account of the Gallic Wars, written in the ancient manuscript Commentarii de Bello Gallico, he describes the principle of “murum aries attigit” – which states that a soon-to-be-conquered city...

Libya’s Ganfouda may be another Aleppo

By Abdel Rahman Ali The Benghazi neighbourhood of Ganfouda is another Allepo in the making as militias and foreign forces have laid siege for months, depriving 130 families of food, water, and medicine.

Libya still broken one year on

By Rana Jawad Libya is a mess. That is not news to most, but Libyan lives were supposed to have improved by now. Saturday marks exactly a year since the signing of the political agreement brokered by the United Nations Support Mission in...

Lack of Internal Reforms not External...

By Jim Lobe The failure by regional governments to implement political and economic reforms is seen by most publics in predominantly Muslim Middle Eastern countries as a greater obstacle to peace and stability than foreign interference,

Is the U. S. fighting terrorism or...

By Dr. Arshad M. Khan President Obama’s final foreign policy speech at MacDill air force base in Tampa, betrayed its purpose through the venue. The Tampa, Florida, base is home to Special Operations Command and Central Command —...

Is Libya Headed for Another Qaddafi?

By Frederic Wehrey This analytical article was published over a year ago. The question that was raised is still valid today and needs to be answered. We felt it is timely to re-publish the article again.

The fall of Sirte

The ground is shrinking beneath the feet of the jihadists of Islamic State (IS). Iraqi troops are moving closer to the centre of Mosul, the last big city under its control in Iraq, while Kurdish and Arab fighters eye Raqqa, its putative capital...

Libya under Militias’ Control

By Abdul Sattar Hatita No one can know whether the ongoing major military operations in Libya aim at eradicating hundreds of heavily-armed militias according to a proactive plan or whether the developments and repercussions of clashes have...

Libya: Divided We Stall

  With the ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) threat largely eliminated the major problem remains a lack of national unity.

Smuggler or survivor? Migrants forced to...

By Patricia Thomas All migrant Marc Samie has of his fiancee is a picture in his mind. Louise, seven and a half months pregnant, is standing silently on a beach in Libya, tears rolling down her face as traffickers force him at gunpoint into a...

Libya’s oil war flares up

By Chris Stephen NOC’s plans to lift output are under threat after renewed fighting in the Sirte basin. After three months of peace, Libya’s oil war resumed on 7 December with fierce attacks on the country’s key oil ports, leaving...

ISIS Remains Threat in Libya Despite Defeat...

By Eric Schmitt The Islamic State, though driven from its coastal stronghold in Surt this week, still has several hundred fighters who have dispersed across Libya and pose a threat to the country, its neighbors and, potentially, Europe...

Libya – Only the Brave

By Chris Stephen The capture of the country’s four central oil ports by the army of general Khalifa Hafter in September has seen oil production almost double, and brought the subsequent re-opening of abandoned fields by the National Oil...

Jubilant Libyan Militias Declare Victory...

By Declan Walsh (Suliman Ali Zway contributed reporting from Berlin, and Nour Youssef from Cairo) Libyan fighters declared victory over the Islamic State at its coastal stronghold of Surt on Tuesday, ending the extremist group’s ambitions...

What peace in Libya?

By Richard Galustian Do you suppose the words of Baron Rothschild in the 18th century, crossed subconsciously the mind of the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) when they decided to hold a conference last week in Malta encouraging British...