In 1951, Libya gained independence following a period of United Nations (UN) administration that began after Italy abdicated its hold on the country. In 1969, Muammar Gaddafi became the leader of Libya following a military coup. Gaddafi, known for his repressive rule and support of terrorism, was often the target of UN sanctions. In 2003, responding to the threat of U.S. force, the country dismantled its nuclear program. Eight years later, widespread protests led to a civil war that led to Gaddafi’s overthrow. The country, which has faced unrest since the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime, struggles to contain jihadist forces within its borders.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    3.1% of GDP
  • GDP
    $81.92 Billion

Libyan Forces Say They Have Captured ISIS Base in Sirte

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State from Sirte say they have made significant advances, gaining control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadi group. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou [convention] complex – they even advanced some distance beyond the complex,” said Rida […]


US Conducts New Round of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya

US warplanes on Monday launched a new round of airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya, a campaign that is expected to last at least the next several days, the Pentagon has confirmed. “Today, at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the United States military conducted precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, […]


Three French Special Forces Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash in Libya

French President François Hollande said Wednesday that three special forces soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Libya, in the first tacit acknowledgment that French troops are operating in the war-torn country. Mr. Hollande said the three noncommissioned officers were killed when a helicopter carrying them had an “accident.” The president didn’t elaborate on […]


Libya Forces Advance on Islamic State Stronghold

Forces aligned with Libya’s internationally backed unity government closed in on the center of the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte during the weekend, giving a boost to an administration struggling to unite the fractured nation. In the past three weeks, militias that recently threw their support behind the government captured about 80% of Sirte and […]


World Powers Agree to Arm Libya in Fight Against ISIS Group

The United States, Italy and Libya’s friends and neighbours agreed Monday to arm the war-torn country’s fledgling unity government to fight the Islamic State group threat. US Secretary of State John Kerry said a 25-member group had agreed to exempt the Government of National Accord from the UN arms embargo imposed to halt the Libyan […]


The Islamic State’s Growth in Libya

The Islamic State (ISIS) has made gains throughout Libya since fall 2014, when local Islamist forces pledged allegiance to the “caliphate.” This map tracks those gains as well as major attacks by the group. View full screen map here.

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 564* (0)

Aircraft 38* (5)

Artillery 190* (0)

Ground Vehicles 455* (0)

Guided Munitions 0 (0)

Personnel 40,000 (0)

Ships 9* (10*)