22 Oct '12, 9am

LIBYA: The State Without A State - Strategy Page #libya

October 22, 2012: Long-time Libyan dictator Moamar Kaddafi was deposed and killed a year ago, but his legacy fights on. Kaddafi used tribal loyalties to maintain power and favored certain tribes and some of the pro-Kaddafi tribes are still fighting. The violence is not so much about putting Kaddafi followers back into power, but holding on to Kaddafi era privileges and avoiding punishment for crimes committed to support Kaddafi’s rule. One example is on the southern border, where the pro-rebel Tabu tribe has been put in charge of border (with Sudan, Chad and Niger) security. There they constantly skirmish with the pro-Kaddafi Zwai. Another element of this rivalry is that the Tabu are black African in orientation while the Zwai are Arab. Kaddafi supported Arab domination over black Arabs, something many Arabs still support. The basic problem is that the new government has n...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20121022.aspx

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