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Under militia power, Libya closer to failed state

In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings in Benghazi, after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, that killed four Americans. In September, 2014, as Libya crumbles into a failed state, a unique geography is emerging. The recently elected parliament is relegated to a remote eastern city in a sort of internal exile, along with the forces that support it. In the capital, Islamist-allied militias have set up their own government after capturing not only Tripoli but also Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi. All around the country, cities, towns and tribes are now choosing sides, raising fears of outright civil war. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

After three years of chaos since Moammar Gadhafi’s fall, Libya is further crumbling into a failed state after Islamist-allied militias took over the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, driving out a parliament that was elected over the summer.

Posted: September 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Libya militias take control of Tripoli govt offices

An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport on August 24, 2014, after capturing it from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, following many days of clashes. AFP

Libya’s toothless outgoing government admitted Monday it had lost control of government offices in Tripoli to armed militias.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Egypt, UAE secret air strikes in Libya show impatience with US

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, speaker of the Libyan Parliament Ageila Saleh Eissa, left, meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. A delegation of Libyan officials are visiting Egypt amid increasing fears among Libya's neighbors and Western countries that the North African nation is sliding deeper into turmoil, particularly after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias prompted allegations that outside powers were trying to swing the fight. (AP Photo/Fady Fares, MENA)

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamic militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s overthrow.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, enters the meeting room at a gathering of foreign ministers of Libya's neighbors in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Foreign ministers from Egypt Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, and Chad, as well as the Arab League Secretary General, met Monday as weeks of inter-militia fighting has wreaked havoc in Libya. It's the worst violence in Libya since the 2011 downfall and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Libya’s past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country’s current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival militias.

Posted: August 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

6 killed as Libyan militia is attacked in Tripoli

This July 26, 2014, frame grab from video obtained from a freelance journalist traveling with the Misarata brigade shows an airplane on the tarmac of the airport belching black smoke into the air during fighting between the Islamist Misarata brigade and a powerful rival militia, in Tripoli, Libya. A day of militia fighting over control of the international airport in Libya's capital killed 22 people, the country's interim government said Sunday, Aug. 3, part of the worsening chaos gripping the country.  AP PHOTO/AP VIDEO

A Libyan militia spokesman says rockets targeting positions of an Islamist-led militia in the capital, Tripoli, have killed six people.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »