The Libyans Have a Different Take on Their Battle With the U.S. Navy
On Aug. 19, 1981, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters shot down two Libyan air force Su-22 fighter-bombers over the Gulf of Sidra. The American pilots’ version of the clash is well-known in the West. The Libyan view of the battle, however, remains obscure. We can fix that. In 1973,... Read more
United Nations Shines Light on Shadowy Libyan Air War
A group of U.N. experts studying the war in Libya released its final report on June 9, 2017. This nearly 300-page document details political and security developments, violations of human rights and the arms embargo, illicit crude oil exports, the dissemination of state funds and the financing of armed... Read more
Egypt Has Joined the Air War in Libya
On May 26, 2017, armed men traveling in pickup trucks gunned down 28 Coptic Christians and wounded 26 as the Christians were on their way to visit a monastery in Egypt’s Minya province. Islamic State has claimed its responsibility for the attack. That same evening, Egypt announced that its... Read more
Misrata Militants Are Winning the Air War in Southwest Libya
On May 18, 2017, the Third Force — a Misrata-based Libyan militia — attached the Libyan National Army’s Birak Al Shati air base 80 kilometers north of Al Sebha in southwestern Libya. The region is valuable for its oil infrastructure and age-old smuggling routes. At least 134 people —... Read more
The Libyan National Army Is Running Out of Air Power
The Libyan National Army Air Force — part of the eastern-based Tobruk regime, one of two competing governments in Libya — lost two fighter-bombers and an experienced pilot in fewer than two weeks. A MiG-21 shot down over the Al Sabri district in Benghazi and a second MiG-21 that... Read more
It Looks Like Russia Gave a Fighter Jet to Libya’s Warlord
On Feb. 24, 2017, photographs taken by Libyan National Army Air Force technicians — and which appeared on social media — revealed that Russia appears to have supplied at least one warplane to forces under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Haftar’s army, concentrated in eastern Libya and based in Tobruk, is the chief... Read more
Erik Prince’s Mercenaries Are Bombing Libya
On Jan. 11, 2017, Intelligence Online — a professional journal covering the world’s intelligence services — revealed that the pilots of Air Tractor attack planes flying from Al Khadim air base in Libya are private contractors working for Erik Prince, the founder of the company formerly known as Blackwater. War Is Boring’s own... Read more
What’s This Apparent U.S. Army Spy Plane Flying Over Libya?
On April 10, Libyan militants looked up and caught a glimpse of a white spy plane flying over the city of Benghazi. The aircraft’s appearance comes as Washington mulls how best to support Libya’s weak government and fight the terrorists taking advantage of the chaos. The Islamist group Ansar... Read more
These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016
With the exception of Syria, African countries currently get the worst rep when it comes to violence and conflict. Virtually every story coming out of the continent seems to showcase one atrocity or another. This narrative is both true and false. In 2014, Africa experienced more than half of... Read more
Egypt’s Got Plans for Libya
Egypt’s got plans for Libya — to eradicate the Islamists and set it under the firm, autocratic control of a general-turned-hero. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Egypt followed exactly the same model two years ago. In 2013, then-general and defense minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi ousted... Read more
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