The War in Libya

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

Libya on the brink of all-out civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2019

Eight years after the US and NATO launched a war for regime-change under humanitarian pretenses, conditions for the masses in Libya remain catastrophic.

French-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2019

There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

US carries out first drone strike in southern Libya

By Eddie Haywood, 28 March 2018

AFRICOM has been preparing for a massive escalation of armed drone flights conducted across the African continent from its recently constructed base in neighboring Niger.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US Congressional report on Benghazi leaves roots of attack in the dark

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2016

The partisan Republican probe produced no new evidence indicting its principal target, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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.

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.

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.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

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.

New York Times on Clinton and Libya: Portrait of a war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2016

The Times piece details the leading role played by Clinton in fomenting a war of aggression that killed tens if not hundreds of thousands.

US launches airstrikes against Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2016

Five years after toppling Libya’s government, Washington and its allies are embarking on a new military campaign under the banner of the war on terror.

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.

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

By Mark Blackwood, 1 December 2015

The act of one nation abducting the citizens of another is recognised by the United Nations as a crime against humanity.

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.

Refugee crisis reveals human cost of French NPA’s “humanitarian” wars

By Anthony Torres, 16 September 2015

Imperialist wars in Libya and Syria, promoted by the New Anti-capitalist Party, have destroyed entire societies and forced millions of people to flee

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.

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.

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015

The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”

Italy threatens military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 3 March 2015

The threat of military intervention in Libya is driven by Italian oil and business interests and the need to divert attention from growing domestic tensions.

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.

Last British combat troops leave Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014

The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.

French government threatens another war against Libya

By Stéphane Hugues, 15 September 2014

Paris is calling for a new intervention in Libya, supposedly to fight the Islamist forces it armed during the 2011 NATO war.

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.

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.

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.

US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

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.

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.

New York Times report:

CIA-backed militias linked to Benghazi, Libya attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013

The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Two years since the end of the US-NATO war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2013

Washington will largely ignore the anniversary of this criminal war of aggression, which was waged on the false pretense of humanitarian intervention.

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.

US raids Libya and Somalia, capturing alleged Al Qaeda planner

By Alex Lantier, 7 October 2013

US forces raided the Somali town of Barawe and the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where they captured alleged Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby.

Gilbert Achcar seeks to cover up his support for Middle East wars

By Alex Lantier, 13 August 2013

Professor Gilbert Achcar is attempting to rewrite his political record to hide his role as a leading supporter and propagandist for imperialist wars in Libya and Syria.

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.

Benghazi and the deepening crisis of the Obama administration

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2013

The controversy over last year’s assault on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya has been revived, even as the real issues underlying it remain hidden.

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.

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.

The diversionary debate over the Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2012

Last month’s fatal attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has emerged as an issue in the US elections, with both parties avoiding the essential political questions raised by the incident.

French government accused of ordering Libyan leader Gaddafi’s assassination

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 October 2012

Libyan officials are alleging that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Gaddafi.

Anti-US protests spread throughout Muslim world

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2012

Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya against an anti-Islamic YouTube video are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim 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.

US Defense Secretary Panetta threatens Syria, Iran in Middle East tour

By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2012

Beginning his week-long Middle East tour yesterday, Panetta called for regime change in Syria and threatened Iran with sanctions and war.

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.

Former UK home secretary faces legal action over rendition

By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2012

Information published by the Sunday Times has revealed how the Labour government of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown facilitated the deportation and torture of opponents of the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

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.

Torture in Libya: The ugly reality of imperialist “liberation”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2012

The multiple reports of torture in the detention centers run by the new imperialist-backed Libyan regime and NATO’s “rebels” give the lie to all those who justified last year’s war in the name of human rights and “liberation.”

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.

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.

Former Libyan PM exposes US-NATO machinations

By Oliver Campbell, 24 November 2011

Jibril’s remarks confirm that far from being a humanitarian mission to “save the Libyan people,” the war to oust Muammar Gaddafi was aimed at seizing control of the country’s oil wealth

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.

Documents reveal how UK backed Gaddafi’s repression

By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2011

Documents found in the abandoned residence of the British ambassador in Tripoli reveal the extent of the British government’s intimate relationships with the former Gaddafi government in Libya.

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.”

Professor Cole gloats over Gaddafi’s murder

By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2011

University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole claims the revolting murder of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as “vindication” for the imperialist war against Libya that he championed.

Letters on the murder of Gaddafi

25 October 2011

Letters from readers on the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

The US and Gaddafi: The murderer calls for an investigation of the crime

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton solemnly announced Sunday that Washington “strongly supports” an independent investigation into the barbaric murder of Libya’s deposed head of state Muammar Gaddafi.

The “liberation” of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2011

Libya’s NATO-backed National Transitional Council is set to announce the supposed completion of the country’s “liberation” this weekend following the gruesome lynching of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

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.

Italian government closes refugee camp on Lampedusa

By Marianne Arens, 10 October 2011

The recent closure of the refugee camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa will lead to more deaths added to the list of hundreds who have died trying to escape war-torn Libya.

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.

NATO assault on Sirte inflicts more Libyan civilian casualties

By Patrick O’Connor, 4 October 2011

Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the area, and are being subjected to indiscriminate rocket, mortar and missile attacks.

Libya: “the jewel in the crown”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2011

In a recent teleconference with US businessmen, Washington’s ambassador to Libya let slip a telling phrase, referring to the North African nation’s oil reserves as “the jewel in the crown”.

Mass killing and humanitarian disaster in NATO siege of Sirte

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2011

Refugees from the Libyan coastal city report that thousands have died as a result of relentless NATO bombardment and shelling by the the Western-backed “rebels.”

US, European corporations rush to secure cut from Libyan war

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 September 2011

From the outset, the NATO intervention was bound up with geo-strategic calculations across North Africa and economic interests in Libya’s oil-rich territory.

NATO powers indifferent to Libyan refugees

By the Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2011

The same NATO countries that waged war on Libya in the name of “protecting civilians” have given “an abysmal response to the plight” of refugees from this conflict.

As Libyan “rebel” offensive stalls, NATO bombs kill hundreds

By Alex Lantier, 19 September 2011

NATO bombed cities across Libya over the weekend as fighting continued in Sirte and Bani Walid.

Britain and France lead the colonial charge into Libya

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2011

The visit by Cameron and Sarkozy to Libya recalls all the sordid and bloody traditions of imperialism: rank hypocrisy, economic plunder and the ruthless use of force to attain its ends.

Sarkozy and Cameron in Tripoli: Scramble for Libya is on

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2011

With their surprise visit to Tripoli Thursday, Sarkozy and Cameron signaled that the scramble by the major powers for control of Libya’s oil wealth is in full swing.

NATO’s client regime in Libya confronts divisions as military offensives stall

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2011

The fragility of the new regime in Tripoli was underscored by its announcement yesterday that it would remain in Benghazi until after the seizure of the remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds.

Italy moves to secure its share of the booty in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2011

Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony, Libya.

Western media accuse China of selling arms to Gaddafi

By John Chan, 12 September 2011

The purpose of the allegations against Beijing is transparent: to justify excluding China from future economic relations with Libya, above all in the oil industry.

NATO-backed Libyan regime persecutes black Africans

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2011

The racist abuse and killing of black foreigners and Libyans is a devastating refutation of claims by the US and its European allies to be waging a war for democracy and the defence of civilian lives.

Russia officially recognises the National Transitional Council in Libya

By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2011

Following the Russian abstention in the UN resolution sanctioning NATO’s invasion of Libya, Moscow’s recent recognition of the Libyan TNC exposes mounting tensions within the Russian ruling elite.

Libyan humanitarian disaster deepens as NATO, opposition continue offensive

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2011

Libya’s humanitarian crisis is deepening as NATO-backed forces of the National Transitional Council continue their offensive to crush forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party applauds Libya war

By Kumaran Ira, 6 September 2011

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) has applauded NATO's war to topple the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, praising it as a victory for democracy.

Libyan opposition lays siege to pro-Gaddafi strongholds

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2011

The NATO-backed National Transitional Council comprises a shaky alliance of ex-Gaddafi ministers, CIA assets and Islamist militants whose political influence beyond Benghazi in questionable.

Documents expose intimate ties between Libyan torturers and CIA, MI6

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2011

The British and American intelligence agencies maintained the closest relations with the Gaddafi regime and collaborated in the interrogation and torture of Islamist suspects “rendered” to Libya.

New York Times hails “humanitarian” war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2011

In back-to-back pieces by its leading columnists, the New York Times proclaims NATO’s war in Libya as a new model for “humanitarian” interventionism.