Africa’s youngest nation has little reason to celebrate
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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