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Jamila Benkato


Tribes of Libya as the Third Front: Myths and Realities of Non-State Actors in the Long Battle for Misrata

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Recent news reports originating from Libyan state media have Libyan tribes sending representatives to the rebels in Misrata, hoping to negotiate for peace and for control of the city. An April 24 article in The Guardian quoted Libya’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, as threatening a “very bloody” assault against the rebels in Misrata if they fail to negotiate. “I hope to God we can avoid this,” Kaim lamented to The Guardian. Why do Qaddafi’s tales of “tribal” ...

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Jamila Benkato


Jamila Benkato is a Master's student in the Global and International Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her B.A. in both History and Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.