Rebecca Murray

middle east

On the Frontline of the Battle Against Islamic State, Libyan Fighters Face a Vicious Enemy

A coalition of armed groups is advancing against the IS stronghold in Sirte, but faces land mines, treacherous booby traps, and a town that may be loyal to a rival.
Rebecca Murray
6.8.16
middle east

Heavily Armed and With No Economy, This Town Is Libya in a Nutshell

The Saharan town of Ubari is now at peace — but full of kids with weapons and no prospects for a life after the fighting. And Libya's three rival governments can do very little about it.
Rebecca Murray
6.3.16
africa

Libyan Bikers, and Everybody Else, Fight for Normalcy in a Devastated Country

Libya has a new, UN-backed government and two others fighting for control. That's making life impossible for Libyans, including a biker club that's got nowhere left to ride.
Rebecca Murray
5.19.16
africa

African Migrants in Libya Face Kidnapping, Torture, and Robbery on Smuggling Route to Europe

In the past five years armed groups have proliferated, capitalizing on Libya's porous borders, political crisis, and security vacuum, and transforming the smuggling of human beings into a lucrative, and booming, business.
Rebecca Murray
5.8.16
Islamic State

Islamic State Tightens Grip on Qaddafi’s Hometown After Failed Uprising

Reports of beheadings and bodies strung up on poles have emerged following an attempted rebellion against Islamic State militants in the Libyan city of Sirte.
Rebecca Murray
8.16.15
war and conflict

In a Southern Libya Oasis, a Proxy War Engulfs Two Tribes

For the indigenous southern Tuareg and Tebu tribes, politically used and marginalized by Qaddafi, this is a local battle about historical grievances, Libyan identity, and who belongs to the land.
Rebecca Murray
6.7.15