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Libya Trains Rebels to Guard Oil Facilities

Bloomberg reports that Libya is training former rebels to protect oil installations throughout the country. National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman, Nuri Berruien [Nuri Balrwin] (pictured), told the news agency that the Ministry of Defence is training 10,339 citizens and militiamen who took part in last year's revolution. They will join an existing force of 2,500 […]

Video: CNN's Libya Controversy - a HuffPost Live Debate

HuffPost Live held a conversation on Tuesday about one of the biggest controversies currently roiling the journalism world: CNN's handling of the journal it found by Christopher Stevens, the late ambassador to Libya, and the State Department's response. HuffPost's senior media reporter Michael Calderone weighed in, along with Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple, […]

Video: Libya Appoints Army to Control Militia Groups

Army officers have been appointed to take over two powerful militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, after the president ordered that all militias join the armed forces or disband. The move reflects increasing pressure on the government to control or disband the country's militias, many of which it had relied upon for securing […]

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Weekly Security Update

Overview The last seven days have seen a number of repercussions in the wake of the 11 September attack against the US consulate in Benghazi.  At the government level, the consulate attack has resulted in a crackdown on ‘rebel’ militia groups and a concerted effort to bring all militia units under government control or disband […]

Govt Must Exercise its Authority

A basic requirement of a functioning and civilised society is the ability to rely on the police and the courts to uphold the law and to resolve disputes fairly. When those functions are usurped by groups outside the state's control, we get anarchy, mob rule, and corruption. This was the case in Libya, and it […]

POGC to Lift Libyan Force Majeure Clause

The Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has said it is close to lifting the force majeure clause on its Libyan operations. It issued the following statement this morning: Libya, a nation with an estimated 47 billion barrels of proven oil reserves has witnessed operations come to a standstill for 18 months due to the Arab […]

Video: Libyan Forces Raid Militia Outposts

The Libyan army said it raided several militia outposts operating outside government control in the capital, Tripoli, while in the east, the militia suspected in the September 11 attack on the US Consulate said it had disbanded on orders of the country's president. President Mohammed el-Megaref said late Saturday all of the country's militias must […]


Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has been operating in Libya since mid 2011.   Overview This weeks reporting has been dominated by the attack against the US Consulate in Benghazi on the evening of 11 September, which was apparently […]