Libya Refuses To Deal With Illegal Migration

The Government of National Accord’s Foreign Minister has admitted in London that Libya has refused requests to take positive action against the militias engaged in smuggling illegal migrants.

He insisted that Libya would not be “Europe’s Policeman” and stated that Libya must be allowed to solve its own internal problems without continued external interference.   The GNA is running out of time; what will it take for them to establish law and order and provide effective security for their population?   See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi.

4 Zawiyah


International Criminal Court Re-opens Libyan File

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Qaddafi’s head of Internal Security, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, for 4 crimes against humanity during the 2011 revolution.

This is the fourth warrant issued publicly by the ICC, following those for Muammar and Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi and Abdullah Senussi, the former intelligence chief.

See chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi for the story of Saif’s capture in November 2011.

Imperial War Museum, London

IWM is hosting a “Meet the Author” event on Friday 21st April between 11 am and 4 pm when I am signing copies of Belfast to Benghazi and answering questions about the British Army and Modern War, including the revolution in Libya.

Other exciting exhibitions include: War of Terror; Fighting for Peace; Reflections on Helmand; and Syria: A Conflict Explored.

IWM is close to Waterloo Station in Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ – the nearest tube is Lambeth North.

A Peacekeeper’s Memoire

Benghazi Airport To Reopen

In a positive step forward, the Libyan National Army has given permission for Benghazi’s Benina Airport to re-open.  This civilian airport has been closed since May 2014, but the civil aviation authority has said that air ambulance, humanitarian, VIP and general cargo flights can now be resumed. In 2011, these Sukhoi aircraft were disabled at the Benina military airbase to prevent them being used against civilian targets.  See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi…

Bernina airport