The War in Libya
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014
The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 March 2014
Libya represents yet another catastrophe created by US imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 May 2013
Violence is engulfing Libya’s capital city, Tripoli.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012
Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.
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.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 October 2012
Libyan officials are alleging that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Gaddafi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 October 2011
The barbaric conclusion to the NATO military campaign in Libya underscores the fraud of the declared “liberation.”
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.
25 October 2011
Letters from readers on the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2011
The Libyan town of Sirte has been all but destroyed and its inhabitants turned into homeless refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.”
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.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 19 September 2011
NATO bombed cities across Libya over the weekend as fighting continued in Sirte and Bani Walid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2011
With NATO’s intervention in Libya, the transition of former liberals and pacifists into the imperialist war camp is so widespread that one cannot treat it as an individual phenomenon.