Special Reports

Libya war: strike against Gaddafi

In-depth analysis of Libya in turmoil as coalition forces support rebels fighting for an end to Gaddafi's 40-year rule.

article 20 October 2011 World, Libya
Celebrations as Gaddafi confirmed dead
Women celebrate after hearing news that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in Sirte (Getty)

As former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is confirmed dead, Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum, who is in Tripoli, says people are "going crazy" and celebrating his death.


post 28 July 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Saif al Islam sentenced to death - but Libyan judicial system is far from fair

The death sentences passed down on eight Gaddafi era officials, including the dictator's son Saif al Islam, are unlikely to cause much outrage in Libya. In fact, they may be a cause for celebration.

post 03 June 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Could Libya's 4 x 4 daredevils drive out the Islamic State?

They perform dangerous turns in 4x4s on the sand dunes of Misrata. But what chance Libya's young men will turn their testosterone to fight a new enemy, more dangerous than Gadaffi?

post 14 April 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

Labour and the Tories say they'll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?

post 27 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iraq: why looting can be a good thing

Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.

post 04 November 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog 'Asking for trouble': Libyan soldiers sent home amid rape allegations

The debacle of Libyan soldiers accused of rape while on a training course near Cambridge symbolises the chaos of both post-revolutionary Libya and British policy.

post 22 September 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Murdered in the fight to build a democratic Libya

18-year-old Libyan civil society activist Tawfik Bensaud was killed on Friday, probably by Islamists. His friends are now struggling to keep faith in the democratic state they dream of.

post 26 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

Libya's rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

article 17 May 2014 World, Libya
Militaman outside base in Libya (picture: Reuters)
Death toll rises in Libya clashes

The death toll from clashes between renegade military forces and Islamist militants in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi rises to 43, with more than 100 injured, the government says.

article 23 April 2013 World, France
A car bomb attack hit the French embassy in Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning (pictures: Reuters)
French embassy targeted in Libyan car bomb attack

French President Francois Hollande denounces a car bomb attack on his country's embassy in Libya as an attack not only on France, but on all countries fighting terrorism.


Obama supports Libya action but, it must be asked, why?