Author Archive | Arabella Wickham

Weekly Security Update

Overview The strictures of Law 27 – the removal of all militias from Tripoli – have continued to be felt this week.  The Misratans were the first to depart and during the week Islamist and Zintani militia elements have also started to depart the capital.  The public backlash has continued all week and has acted […]

LIBYA SECURITY OVERVIEW - 18 NOVEMBER 2013

This week saw the latest violence through militia over-reaction resulting in large-scale deaths and injuries, this time in Tripoli and involving the Misrata Brigade when on 15th November they opened fire on demonstrators protesting their presence in the Ghargour district of the city.  43 were killed and a further 460 were wounded in this latest […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview Libya has continued this week in a similar vein to previous weeks with continuing disruptions to its vital oil and gas production and exports, attempts by the government to curb the militias, militia clashes and further killings in the east of the country. The issue in the oil and gas sector is so serious […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview The oil and gas sector in the country has remained in turmoil this week with some ports closed and others open, even some of those open are still unable to export for lack of production from the fields that feed them.  This is the case at Brega.  In other places there is the production […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview The establishment of a regional government in the east of the country went ahead this week.  This government is not supported by the central government in Tripoli and has grown out of the separatist movement in the east. Saif Gaddafi and others including Abdullah al-Senoussi have been formally indicted but as yet no trial […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview Sunday represented the 2nd anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi.  The anniversary passed off relatively peacefully despite concerns that it might be marred by violence.  This Wednesday will be a national holiday in Libya marking the second anniversary of the Revolution and the Liberation Declaration. Separately this week the consequences of last week’s […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview The second and third order consequences of last week’s capture by US Special Forces of al-Libi came to the fore this week.  Predictably the Islamist militants called for retribution to be taken on Americans and strategic targets.  Ali Zeidan sought to distance himself from the US action by firstly denying knowledge of the operation […]

Weekly Security Update

Overview Disruptions in the Oil and Gas sector continued this week but the raid by US Special Operations Forces on Saturday in Tripoli that led to the capture of Anas al-Libi, a key member of Al Qaida, took the headlines.  Al-Libi, who had a $5m bounty on his head, was captured outside his home in […]