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X The Nafusa Mountains

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The Nafusa Mountains region often appeared as a sideshow to the civil war while attention focused on eastern Libya, or on Misrata and Tripoli. In addition, journalists had little access to the region, making it difficult to independently verify accounts of events in the area. Despite this, the Nafusa Mountains campaign was one of the most significant advances for the thuwar in Libya and played a central role in the conflict, as it occupied Qadhafi forces in an area directly adjoining the capital. Thuwar groups targeted particular groups in the Nafusa Mountains region. The Zintan Katiba targeted the Mashashiyya tribe in Awaniyya, Zawiyyat al-Bajul, Qawalish, Shayga and Oumer, while the Nalut Katiba targeted the residents of Tiji and Badr. The residents were expelled from their homes and towns, and the interim-government authorities demonstrated an unwillingness to allow members of the communities to return to their homes.

Keywords:Badr; Libya; Nafusa Mountains; Qadhafi forces; Tiji; tribe



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