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.

The mass drownings off Libya and the fight to defend refugees

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2019

The ongoing wave of atrocities against refugees demonstrates that it is impossible to defend immigrants without a mass, international movement against capitalism.

Bombing of detention center in Libya kills at least 44 refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 4 July 2019

The tragedy is the product of the 2011 US-backed war for regime change which has plunged Libya into nearly a decade of civil war and the EU’s war on refugees.

France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2019

The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

The escalating civil war in Libya has served as one more demonstration of the criminal role played by the pseudo-left proponents of “humanitarian” imperialist intervention.

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.

Civil war clashes erupt in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018

A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.

Right-wing smears against refugee aid workers in the Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2018

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against NGO rescue ships.

Libyan militias shoot 15 dead after mass escape from migrant torture camp

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2018

The business of kidnapping and ransom payments is booming in Libya, with dozens of camps in which refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are confined, tortured, sold or murdered.

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.

040 Sarkozy and Libya

22 March 2018

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

Paris: Protests erupt against slavery in Libya

By Kumaran Ira, 23 November 2017

The auctioning of refugees as slaves, filmed by CNN, exposes the criminality of the imperialist war in Libya waged by NATO with the support of the international pseudo-left in 2011.

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017

The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.

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.

Refugees: EU strikes deadly deal with Libyan coast guard on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017

Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.

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.

999 6,000 refugees rescued

22 March 2017

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

Libyan Red Crescent recovers bodies of 74 refugees

By our reporter, 23 February 2017

The bodies were recovered after washing ashore near the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya.

In final acts of bloodletting, Obama orders bombings in Libya, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2017

The renewal of the US air war in Libya came amid signs that Russia is exercising increasing influence in the country.

Joint Russian, Turkish bombing campaign in Syria deepens NATO crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2017

The joint Russian-Turkish action came on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is reportedly preparing a major escalation of US intervention in the region.

045 100 drown off Libya coast

18 November 2016

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party covers up its support for Libya war

By Kumaran Ira, 10 November 2016

As the Libyan catastrophe produced by the 2011 NATO war exposes the NPA’s bankruptcy, it is trying to bury its own record of supporting imperialist war.

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.

Libyan dissidents seek judicial review over MI6 rendition and torture

By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2016

The determination to keep secret the foul operations of its spy agencies and Special Forces reflects the British establishment’s involvement at the highest levels.

Italian soldiers fighting in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2016

Basing itself on a new “anti-terror” law, the Renzi government is deploying Italian soldiers in Libya without the consent of parliament.

Libya’s Tobruk parliament refuses to recognize Western-backed government

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2016

The decision means that the bombing raids conducted by the US in Sirte, which began this month, violate international law.

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.

After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 August 2016

The bombing of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte was ordered amid an explosive escalation of American militarism.

Three French soldiers killed during secret military operations in Libya

By Anthony Torres, 27 July 2016

The incident underscores the illegal character of the ongoing military operations in Libya, which are being carried out behind the backs of the French people.

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.

More than 2,500 refugees drowned in Mediterranean so far this year

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016

The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2016

With estimates of up to 900 refugees drowning, the past week has been the deadliest so far this year.

US prepares troop deployment to Libya amid fight for oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2016

The Pentagon’s top general said troops could be sent “any day” once there was a formal request from the Western-backed regime in Tripoli.

US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2016

American commando teams are waging and preparing for war across ever-growing stretches of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

European powers on verge of new military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

The European powers are exploiting the mass drownings in the Mediterranean to expand their military operations in the region.

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.

Western powers press ahead with plans for new war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016

Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.

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.

The Hillary Clinton emails: A record of imperialist crimes

By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016

In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.

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.

Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016

The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2016

The talks have been postponed for at least three weeks amid an upsurge of fighting between US and Russian-backed forces.

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.

Bodies of at least 95 refugees found on Libyan shores

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2015

The latest tragedy marks a continuation of the humanitarian crisis caused by imperialist wars in North Africa and the Middle-East, and the repression of asylum-seekers.

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.

UK Conservatives plan war and domestic repression

By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2015

The Tories are fashioning an increasingly aggressive military policy and undertaking measures that represent a grave threat to democratic rights.

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.

Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton, Inc. and the rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2015

Revealed in the Blumenthal-Clinton memos is the real nature of the American government: a criminal conspiracy to enrich a ruling oligarchy through war and reaction.

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.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

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.

France preparing military strikes against southern Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 10 January 2015

Operation Serval has proven to be the spearhead for the establishment of a permanent French military occupation of the Sahel.

NATO’s Libyan puppet regime bombs Misrata amid escalating civil war

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2014

Libya is ravaged by a civil war between NATO’s proxy regime and Islamist militias, with the imperialist powers threatening to intervene militarily.

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.

Libya disintegrates as rival governments vie for control

By Jean Shaoul, 2 October 2014

Libya’s government is now based in the city of Tobruk in the far eastern part of Libya, isolated and exercising little control over the country.

Mediterranean shipwrecks leave over 700 refugees dead, many fleeing Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014

Underlying the desperate attempts of refugees to reach Europe is the chaos that multiple imperialist interventions have inflicted upon the Middle East and Africa.

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.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

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.

Civil war surges in Libya after legislative elections

By Jean Shaoul, 16 July 2014

Libya's main cities have become war zones, with various Islamist-led militias battling for control of the country's oil wealth.

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.

Fighting between militias intensifies in Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 5 June 2014

There is the very real possibility of a military coup and civil war in a country already devastated by the NATO-led war to overthrow Col. Muammar Gaddafi followed by three years of infighting among rival militias.

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.

Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

CIA-linked general launches Libya coup bid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2014

General Khalifa Haftar launched his armed actions as the Pentagon positioned a US Marine task force for a possible intervention.

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.

Libyan kangaroo court trials begin against Gaddafi’s sons

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2014

The mass trial that began Monday in Tripoli, involving 38 people, including two of deposed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, exposes the criminality of the Western powers.

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.

Protests grow as Western powers, rival militias loot Libyan oil industry

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 October 2013

The predatory character of NATO’s 2011 war emerges most clearly in the looting of the heart of Libya’s economy: its massive oil industry.

Libyan prime minister abducted in retaliation for US raid on Tripoli

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013

The kidnapping highlighted the impotence of the neo-colonial regime set up by NATO after the war in Libya two years ago.

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.

The US raid on Libya and the fraud of the war on terror

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2013

The target of the US kidnapping operation in Libya was someone who had previously enjoyed the collaboration and protection of Washington and its allies.

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.

Two years after US-NATO war, torture rampant in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2013

Thousands remain imprisoned in Libya without charges and subject to systematic torture, the UN reports.

Libya destabilised by Egypt coup

By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2013

The unstable Libyan regime of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, amid growing social and political tensions, is being further destabilised in the aftermath of the Egyptian coup.

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 destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

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.