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NATO 2011 War in Libya: Before and After

Protests ver five years years ago in Zawiya sparked a two year battle waged by rebels against the government of Muammar Gadhafi, to which he allegedly responded with airstrikes. At this point the U.N. and NATO slapped on sanctions and prepared to invade.

A U.S.-U.K.-French joint military force began bombing Libya in March 2011. As many as 25,000 people were killed that year, including Gadhafi who died on Oct. 20, 2011. An additional 400,000 were displaced. Libyans are now stuck in the middle of violent fights between rival militias, the rise of the Islamic State group, and the recent Egyptian airstrikes. 

teleSUR takes a look at illustrative photos of the proceedings, and how lives of Libyans were affected by conflict before and after.

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Aug 2005: Children walk past a poster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as Libya prepares to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Libyan Revolution, which overthrew the monarchy in Tripoli.
Aug 2005: Children walk past a poster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as Libya prepares to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Libyan Revolution, which overthrew the monarchy in Tripoli. Photo:EFE
April 2007: Libyan troops parade in Green Square in Tripoli, Libya, to mark the 21st anniversary of the U.S. attacks on Libya.
April 2007: Libyan troops parade in Green Square in Tripoli, Libya, to mark the 21st anniversary of the U.S. attacks on Libya. Photo:EFE
Jan 2008: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) shakes hands with Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.
Jan 2008: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) shakes hands with Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi. Photo:United Nations
July 2011: Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shout slogans during a pro-government rally in Tripoli.
July 2011: Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shout slogans during a pro-government rally in Tripoli. Photo:EFE
A man walks past the premises of a transport company which the Libyan government said was destroyed by NATO air strikes in Zliten, about 150km (93.2 miles) east of Tripoli July 21, 2011.
A man walks past the premises of a transport company which the Libyan government said was destroyed by NATO air strikes in Zliten, about 150km (93.2 miles) east of Tripoli July 21, 2011. Photo:Reuters
"There are schools that have been completely destroyed--in Misrata, Zawiya, Zintan," Sahli says. The Journal adds that a mine-awareness campaign has trained 280 teachers to help children avoid mines planted by Qaddafi
"There are schools that have been completely destroyed--in Misrata, Zawiya, Zintan," Sahli says. The Journal adds that a mine-awareness campaign has trained 280 teachers to help children avoid mines planted by Qaddafi's forces. This Reuters picture shows a school Libyan officials claimed was bombed by NATO forces in Zlitan. Photo:Reuters
A man holds a pack of diapers found in the rubble of a house Libyan officials say was bombed by NATO forces in Majar, a village south of Zlitan, 160km (99 miles) east of Tripoli, Aug. 9, 2011.
A man holds a pack of diapers found in the rubble of a house Libyan officials say was bombed by NATO forces in Majar, a village south of Zlitan, 160km (99 miles) east of Tripoli, Aug. 9, 2011. Photo:Reuters
Benghazi in July 2015.
Benghazi in July 2015. Photo:Reuters
Published 19 October 2016
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