General Khalifa Haftar

On a heavily guarded base deep in rural eastern Libya, the renegade general who last month launched an offensive against Islamist militias and their suspected political backers plots a war he claims he is winning. The road to Khalifa Haftar’s redoubt is studded with checkpoints manned by sympathetic militiamen and members of the hollowed-out Gaddafi-era […]

A man walks past an election campaign poster in Benghazi this week. Photograph: Esam Omran al-Fetori/Reuters

  Down a dust-blown street in Benghazi’s run-down Leithi neighbourhood, Ahmed Abu Khattala’s family is trying to come to terms with his capture by US special forces in a clandestine raid over the weekend. For almost two years, Abu Khattala was one of Libya’s most-wanted men, sought by the US in connection with a September […]

Photograph of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi by Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters.

  This past weekend, U.S. Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of an assault on American diplomatic installations in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The attack, a night of chaos and violence, claimed the lives of four Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; Sean Smith, another diplomat; and Tyrone Woods […]


Libya has been hit by unrest since the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. Now the country is divided over a renegade general who has declared war on Islamist militias he blames for the continuing insecurity. The crowd surged around the makeshift coffin as the chants rose higher on Tripoli’s Martyrs Square. The […]

Is retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar finally reining in out-of-control Islamist militias, or is he dealing a body blow to this country's hope for democracy? | Photo by EPA/MOHAMMED ELSHAIKY

  TRIPOLI, Libya — The boy was only a teenager when the Libyan revolution erupted. As hundreds of youths began streaming to the front lines, he quit his university studies in pharmacology to join them. The experience, however, changed him. “He came back a different person,” says his aunt, an activist from the eastern city […]


  TRIPOLI, Libya — As the brass band struck the opening notes of the national anthem, the crowd gathered for Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Justice and Construction Party (JCP) congress rose to their feet. Television cameras scanned the strikingly diverse crowd of more than 500 people that packed the conference hall at a luxury Tripoli hotel. Everyone […]


  TRIPOLI, Libya — There are few more thankless jobs in global politics than serving as Libya’s prime minister. The previous incumbent, Ali Zeidan, was constantly reminded of his meager authority: he was abducted briefly by militiamen last year, and most recently found himself unable to stop armed federalists from defying his government by selling […]


“Welcome to Somalia” reads the sign, in Somali and English, greeting travellers as they walk out of Mogadishu’s ramshackle airport. On a wall nearby is an artist’s impression of what the airport will look like when a Turkish reconstruction project is completed. The planned gleaming glass and steel structure seems ambitious in a city that […]


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