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

East Libyan forces make new push to end Islamist resistance in Benghazi

Eastern Libyan forces on Thursday expelled Islamist fighters from one of their last strongholds in the country’s second-largest city of Benghazi, military officials said. The battle for Benghazi between the Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar and an array of Islamist militants and other fighters has been part of a broader conflict since Libya slipped into turmoil following the 2011 fall of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Islamic State Shifts to Libya’s Desert Valleys After Sirte Defeat

Islamic State militants have shifted to desert valleys and inland hills southeast of Tripoli as they seek to exploit Libya’s political divisions after defeat in their former stronghold of Sirte, security officials say. The militants, believed to number several hundred and described as “remnants” of Islamic State’s Libya operation, are trying to foment chaos by […]

US Stealth Bombers Strike ISIS Camps in Libya

Two United States Air Force B-2 bombers attacked Islamic State training camps in Libya overnight, killing more than 80 militants, including some who were involved in plotting terrorist attacks in Europe, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The attack, which also included strikes by armed reaper drones flying from a base in Sicily, was a parting […]

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 13* (10*)