Tribal Rivalries Complicate Libyan War

(Der Spiegel-Germany) Mathieu von Rohr - The uprising against Gaddafi is looking more and more like a civil war every day, a situation made more difficult by the fact that Libya is a tribal society, not a nation state like its neighbors. Most Libyans may be strongly opposed to Gaddafi, yet there are still important tribes that largely support him, including the Warfalla, the Tarhuna and Gaddafi's own tribe, the Gadhadhfa. The Berbers in the western mountains, the country's original inhabitants, have liberated their traditional areas in recent months. Under Gaddafi, they were prohibited from speaking their own language. Most of the rebels in the western mountains are Arabs, members of the Zintan tribe and its allies.

2011-07-27 00:00:00

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