Libya Unrest

Who Controls Libya?

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Recent exposes on a booming slave trade highlight the fact that nearly seven years removed from NATO’s intervention, Libya is still in a state of chaos.

Backgrounder: Qatar Crisis

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The Saudi and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar has been a long time coming.

Moscow Steps In to Fill the Vacuum in Libya

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Two early takeaways from the recent Rome summit between Libya’s rival leaders: a unity government is possible, and Russia might just have a role in making it happen.

Libya: The Next Piece in Russia’s Geopolitical Chess Match

Haftar, cc Flickr Magharebia

Whether reports of Russian troop deployments along the Libya-Egypt border are true or not, it’s clear that Moscow is seeking to reestablish its historical ties with Libya.

Military Strikes a Potential Boon for Islamic State in Libya

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A Western military intervention will not work against Islamic State in Libya

Libya: The Next Frontline against Islamic State

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Islamic State is gaining a foothold on Europe’s doorstep.

Libya Energy Infrastructure Roll Call

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A list of what’s still pumping and what’s not in Libya’s war-torn energy industry, complete with map.

A New Islamic State Front in the Sahara

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Islamic State is taking advantage of Toureg and Toubou clashes in southern Libya as another UN-mediated attempt at national unity unravels.

Map: Islamic State Makes Gains in Libya

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Around 200 Islamic State fighters have pushed the remaining Libya Dawn-aligned Misrata militiamen out of Sirte, consolidating their hold on the hometown of former dictator General Gaddafi.

Why Libya Matters

Gaddafi Graffiti, cc Flickr Joel Kramer, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It can and will get worse if Europe and its international partners choose to stand idle, because there can be no long-lasting stability in North Africa unless Libya is brought under control.

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