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XIV Bani Walid

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Bani Walid was one of Qadhafi's strongholds and went on to resist the NTC government after the fall of Qadhafi. In Bani Walid, the importance of tribal allegiances was evident. As historic Qadhafi supporters, the Warfalla tribe had significant influence in the early phase of the uprising, but as the conflict progressed they were harshly treated because of their history of support for Qadhafi. The thuwar forces also carried out acts of unlawful killing during their assault on Bani Walid that involved the use of heavy weaponry. The conflict in Bani Walid after the fall of the regime demonstrated the continued tensions that were a result of Qadhafi's patronage system and divisive policies. The experience in Bani Walid is important for understanding the enduring challenges to reconciliation and social cohesion in postconflict Libya.

Keywords:Bani Walid; Libya; Qadhafi; thuwar forces; Warfalla tribe



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