Capital of Militias: Tripoli's Armed Groups Capture the Libyan State

By
Wolfram Lacher and Alaa al-Idrissi
Publications
Briefing Paper
Arabic
English

The history of Tripoli after the fall of Qaddafi is one of conflict, shifting control, fractured alliances, and the quest for power and influence. Central among the players in this quest have been the militias controlling the capital’s territory. In the past two years, that control has consolidated into the hands of a cartel: four militias whose military dominance, influence in government, and power over the resources of the state is unprecedented.

Capital of Militias: Tripoli's Armed Groups Capture the Libyan State, a Briefing Paper from the Small Arms Survey's Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project traces the genesis of these militias and explores how they exercise their power now, and what dangers the Libyan capital—and the country—face in the future.

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Keywords: Tripoli conflict armed groups