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  • ** FILE ** Smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Rival militias battled Sunday for the control of the international airport in Libya's capital, as gunfire and explosions echoed through the city and airlines canceled some international flights. (AP Photo)

    U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid violent clashes between militias

    The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

  • US to hand captured tanker over to Libya

    The United States is planning to deliver a captured oil tanker to the Libyan government.

  • The Libyan parliament voted to oust Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week over anger at the failure to stop rebels from independently exporting oil. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon: Libya to get seized tanker within days

    The U.S. Navy will hand over the hijacked oil tanker with 21 multinational sailors on board to the Libyan government in the next few days, a Pentagon spokesman said, adding the transfer is slated to take place in international waters.

  • The Libyan parliament voted to oust Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week over anger at the failure to stop rebels from independently exporting oil. (Associated Press)

    SEALs' tanker seizure highlights Libyan power wrangling over oil, power

    The daring, high-seas seizure of a rogue oil tanker by U.S. Navy SEALs off the coast of Cyprus this week has focused fresh attention on the power struggle that has turned Libya into a political time bomb more than two years after the ouster of strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

  • Libya says its forces now near oil tanker

    Libyan government forces and loyal militia fighters besieged a North Korea-flagged tanker Sunday that a rival militia hoped to use to export oil in defiance of central authorities, officials said.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reconsider the petrodollar economy

    The United States depends on a system of oil-backed U.S. dollars, which is detrimental to world peace and threatens to destabilize the world economy. The infrastructure for a more reliable and less destructive backing for the dollar already exists in the form of electrical energy. The next step is to simply make the transition.

  • In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. And Congress’ approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Libya releases 4 U.S. military personnel; Obama updated in Hawaii

    Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night.

  • **FILE** Libyan militias from towns throughout the country's west parade through Tripoli, Libya, on Feb. 14, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Despite Benghazi, Libyans may train with U.S. military

    The Obama administration has drawn up draft rules that would end a decadeslong ban on Libyans getting military training in the U.S., according to documents obtained by House Republicans who said Thursday that it's the wrong move after last year's Benghazi attack.

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve a deadlock over the federal debt limit and the shutdown. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    NAPOLITANO: The Obama administration has gone rogue

    Last weekend, a team of Navy SEALs kidnapped a Libyan, Abu Anas al-Libi, off of a public street in Tripoli. The Navy men did not have a warrant for his arrest, did not have the permission of the local authorities or the Libyan government to carry out this kidnapping, and were unlawfully present bearing arms in public in Libya.

  • Men carrying automatic weapons and carrying bags are seen in the storeroom of the Nakumatt shop during the four-day siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed more than 60 people last month. A Kenyan military spokesman confirmed the names of four attackers as Abu Baara al-Sudani (left), Omar Nabhan (unseen), Khattab al-Kene (unseen) and Umayr (right). (AP Photo/Kenyan Defence forces via Citizen TV)

    Libya bristles at U.S. raid that captured al Qaeda militant

    A suspected Libyan al Qaeda figure nabbed by U.S. special forces in a dramatic operation in Tripoli had been living freely in his homeland for the past two years after a trajectory that took him to Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran, where he had been detained for years, his family said Sunday. The Libyan government bristled at the raid, asking Washington to explain the "kidnapping."

  • **FILE** This image from video provided by the SITE Intelligence Group shows Adam Gadahn as he appeared on a video released on militant websites on Oct. 23, 2010. (Associated Press/SITE Intelligence Group)

    American al Qaeda propagandist calls for killings of U.S. diplomats

    American al Qaeda propagandist Adam Y. Gadahn has released an audio message calling for the assassinations of U.S. diplomats across the Middle East, highlighting how the terrorist network is trying to capitalize on the deteriorating security situation in the region as post-revolutionary chaos tightens its grip on Libya.

  • **FILE** Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington on March 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Cabinet shake-up begins in Libya under new law

    Libya's prime minister has nominated a new interior minister to fill the first spot vacated in his Cabinet, a consequence of a new law that bars officials who had served under late dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding public office.

  • Secretary of State John F. Kerry (right) talks with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Libyan leader meets Obama, vows justice for Benghazi attack

    Libya's prime minister met Wednesday with President Obama at the White House and vowed that justice will be served in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed.

  • **FILE** Libyans watch a Sept. 21, 2012, protest in Benghazi, Libya, against Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias. (Associated Press)

    FBI: Benghazi probe slowed in lawless area of Libya

    U.S. and Libyan authorities investigating the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi are being hamstrung by the Libyan government's lack of control over the eastern part of the country.

  • The top U.N. envoy to Libya said in late 2011 that some weapons depots in Libya had still not been secured properly, and that much had "already gone missing." An open crate at the same facility reveals a rocket inside. (Associated Press)

    Smuggled Libyan arms disrupting North Africa

    The Obama administration and other Western governments ignored early warnings about small arms and explosives being smuggled out of Libya — weapons that now have fallen into the hands of al Qaeda-linked militants waging war across North Africa.

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