Muammar Qaddafi

2016 US election

Here are four strongmen — including Saddam Hussein — that Trump says he admires

Trump praised former Iraqi dictator because he "killed terrorists," but it was hardly the first time he spoke positively of an authoritarian leader.
Olivia Becker

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
war and conflict

Libya's Ibadi Muslims Survived Qaddafi but Now Face the New Threat of Islamic State

As a chaotic civil war between rival governments and militias has raged in Libya, the country's marginalized Ibadis have reasserted themselves in the post-Qaddafi era. But they also have some new concerns.
war and conflict

The US Airstrike on the Islamic State in Libya Killed Two Serbian Hostages

Serbia's prime minister said two kidnapped embassy staffers were among the 50 people killed by US airstrikes on a suspected Islamic State training camp.
VICE News and Reuters
middle east

Libyan Oil, Gold, and Qaddafi: The Strange Email Sidney Blumenthal Sent Hillary Clinton In 2011

One of Clinton's closest advisors passed her an intelligence report prepared by an ex-CIA official that speculated about France's motivations for bombing Libya.
Avi Asher-Schapiro
Islamic State

The Islamic State's Next Target: Libyan Oil

Experts say Libya’s oil holds the key to the Islamic State establishing control of the country and turning it into a base for future attacks in Africa and Europe.
John Dyer
The 2016 US Election

Clinton Backs Obama's Strategy Against the Islamic State — And Wants to Oust Assad

In the third Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders attacked Hillary Clinton for being “too much into regime change,” and Clinton came under fire for saying "we now finally are where we need to be" in Syria.
Reuters and VICE News

Libya's Future Is Up in the Air as Political Talks Between Rival Governments Collapse

These negotiations are the international community's attempt to retain Libya as some sort of viable state. Meanwhile, a power vacuum has allowed people-smugglers and Islamist militants to gain an edge in the chaos.
Kayla Ruble

Anniversary of Muammar Qaddafi's Death Coincides with Failed Peace Talks in Libya

In the years since Qaddafi's fall, Libya has been torn apart by political instability, militia violence, and Islamist extremist groups.
Kayla Ruble

Scottish Officials Identify New Suspects in Lockerbie Bombing

The two unnamed Libyans are suspected of having helped Libyan Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to blow up Pan Am flight 103 as it passed over the Scottish town en route from London to New York, killing 270 people.
Reuters News Agency

Gunmen Are Holding Some 300 Tunisians Hostage in Coastal Libyan Town

Hundreds of Tunisians are being held in the town of Sabartha by militiamen who demand that Tunisian authorities release a Libyan official detained at the Tunis airport on Saturday.
Reuters and VICE News
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