It was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened. The Libyan militias which were instrumental in overthrowing the former dictatorship of former President Muammar Gadaffi have become forces unto themselves controlling large swathes of Libya, engaging in illegal activities such as weapons smuggling, and enforcing the “law” according to their own whims and dictates.

The Libyan government has struggled to extend its authority over the country while the official security forces have failed to establish the rule of law and order in the streets. The security vacuum has left dozens of competing militias engaging in shoot outs with army and police, with the latter often afraid to take the militias on and on many occasions withdrawing from potential confrontations.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan (who was kidnapped last October by one of the hybrid militia/security units) stated the obvious when he said Libya was not a state in the real sense of the word.

In this month’s edition of the magazine, Mel Frykberg writes of the mayhem the Libyan Militias are causing and the effect on security in this troubled country.

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