Ryan Ward

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Libya Islamists Gaining Strength: Libyans Concerned by Sectarian Violence

<b>By Sherif Elhelwa/The Media Line</b><p>When a group of Islamic terrorists with links to al Qaeda assaulted the American consulate in Benghazi killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, many Libyans hoped it was an aberration. But 18 months later, religious violence is growing and the …

What I Lost in Libya

While covering the Libyan civil war, the author was seized by Muammar Qaddafi’s forces and held in captivity with two colleagues; a third was killed. This is the story of how an academic found herself imprisoned in Tripoli.<p>Capture<p>Tuesday, April 5, started off as an exceptionally successful day. We …

Christians in Libya braced for Easter trouble from Islamists

Palm Sunday at Tripoli's Anglican church is normally a joyous affair, with expatriate Christians parading in the spacious front yard with traditional …

Bernard-Henri Levy: Have I Become an Undesirable in Libya?

Bernard-Henri Lévy fought tirelessly for Libya’s liberation. So why does he suddenly feel unwelcome?<p>At first, you’re shocked.<p>You run across a story …

Libya: Two Years Later

Two years ago, American jets spearheaded the international effort to halt Muammar Qadhafi's assault on Benghazi and enforce a No-Fly Zone over Libya. They were acting in accordance with the wishes of the Arab League, the UN, and most crucially, the Libyan people. This far-sighted assistance not …

Postcard from Libya

Everywhere you look in the Old City of Tripoli are banners and flags of the 'new Libya' -- in fact a flag from the time of the Kingdom. The street markets in the Old City are vibrant, perhaps because the banking system still remains volatile some twenty months after the revolution that overthrew …

For Libya to end the violence, it needs to shut down the militias

From tragedy can come positive change. The Libyan government has that chance, after violent clashes last week between a militia and residents of Benghazi left 32 people dead.<p>The government should use the incident to devise a clear plan for security sector-reform and to clamp down on the country’s …

Rebel Weapons Made in Libya