Chronology: Libya

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Chronology: Libya


See also Jordan, Mauritania, Tunisia

May 2: Libya's interim government, the NTC, lifted a ban against political parties based on religion, tribe, or ethnicity. The move paved the way for potential Muslim Brotherhood victories in the upcoming elections. [AJE, 5/2]

May 8: At least four people died after militiamen from the Nafusah Mountains southwest of Tripoli attacked the office of Libya's interim prime minister, 'Abd al-Rahim al-Keib, who was reportedly away from his office. The attack was a response to the interim government's suspension of a plan to pay fighters for their contribution to the armed uprising. [NYT, 5/8]

May 16: Deadly clashes in Libya's western desert town of Ghadamis claimed seven lives and injured 20 others. The fighting allegedly erupted between town residents and Tuareg tribesmen, who supported the former ruler Mu'ammar al-Qadhafiduring the uprising in 2011. The NTC responded by sending soldiers to Ghadames to quell the violence. [BBC, 5/16]

June 5: Abu Zayd 'Umar Durda, head of external intelligence in former Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's regime, was charged in a Tripoli court with various crimes, including ordering the deaths of Libyan protesters last year. Durda was the first senior official from al-Qadhafi's government to be tried in court for offenses stemming from Libya's seven-month rebellion. [BBC, 6/5]

June 5: Armed militiamen from the Libyan city of Tarhouna, formerly loyal to Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, stormed the country's main airport in Tripoli on June 4, occupying the runway and forcing officials to divert flights. Forces loyal to Libya's ruling NTC regained control of the airport the next day. The attack was sparked by the arrest of the Tarhouna tribe's commander, Abu 'Ajila al-Habashi, on June 3. [VOA, 6/4]

June 6: An improvised explosive device was dropped from a vehicle outside the US embassy in Benghazi, where it exploded and damaged the building's gate, but no one was hurt or killed. Norman Benotman, a former Libyan Islamist and expert on militant groups, said that the attack was probably in retaliation for the US killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan-born cleric and high-ranking al-Qa'ida operative in Pakistan. [Reuters, 6/6]

June 10: Deadly clashes between government soldiers and Toubou tribal fighters in southern Libya continued for a second day, claiming 16 lives since the violence erupted in the town of Kufra on June 9. …

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