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 […]
In May 2011, Misratah, Libya’s third largest city, had been under siege for three months. Gaddafi’s forces and the militias of Shabab, or revolutionary youth, fought to control the city in a conflict of unprecedented violence. It caused hundreds of deaths and devastated a large part of the urban landscape, which for weeks has been […]
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