Aug 21, 2014

American journalist executed by Islamic State remembered as driven

In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he’d been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world’s most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death. “It’s pure luck that you ...

Aug 19, 2014

Renegade Libyan general claims airstrikes on Tripoli

Renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya’s worst violence since Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in 2011. Fighters from Misrata — ...

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Aug 14, 2014

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Libya’s newly elected parliament asked the United Nations for an “international intervention” and voted Wednesday to dismantle the militias responsible for violence raging across the country for weeks. Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since the 2011 ouster and killing of dictator ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Aug 1, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

by Brahma Chellaney

The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Jul 31, 2014

Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya’s Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness. An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture of the main military base in the ...

Libya militias wage heavy battle as Tripoli inferno rages

Jul 30, 2014

Libya militias wage heavy battle as Tripoli inferno rages

Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya’s capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country’s 2011 civil war. The blaze engulfing oil depots started in the crossfire ...

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

Jul 29, 2014

Libya oil depot fire raises fears of major disaster

A huge fire at an oil depot on the outskirts of Tripoli was raging out of control on Monday, sparking fears of a fireball that could cause carnage over a wide area. “The situation is very dangerous after a second fire broke out at ...

U.S. evacuates embassy after 'free-wheeling militia violence' in Libya

Jul 27, 2014

U.S. evacuates embassy after 'free-wheeling militia violence' in Libya

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of clashes between ...

Jul 18, 2014

Libya seeks U.N. help, warns of collapse

Libya asked the United Nations for help Thursday to build up its security forces, with the foreign minister warning that his country could turn into a “failed state.” Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz asked the U.N. Security Council to dispatch experts to train the ...

U.N. mission evacuates from Libya amid clashes

Jul 15, 2014

U.N. mission evacuates from Libya amid clashes

The United Nations said Monday it is withdrawing its staff from Libya temporarily because of deteriorating security after rival militias fought over Tripoli International Airport and a renegade general’s forces continued to battle Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi. In a statement ...

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Jul 10, 2014

Benghazi testimony suggests twin attacks

Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks in 2012 suggests that the perpetrators of a second attack, on a CIA complex, probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before ...