The militias of Shabab, or revolutionary youth, which fought against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces for control of Libya in 2011, could hardly be called an army. They lacked a proper command chain, uniforms, sophisticated weaponry and military skills, and yet they stood up to the national army and kept advancing towards Misratah and Tripoli.
As the militiamen gained ground to the West, in Benghazi, the Shabab’s base in the country’s East, the city’s leaders began working to form the future government of national unity.
In later years their optimism would prove to have been in vain.
( 2011 )