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Libyan Rebels in Control of US Embassy Site in Tripoli

Libya's oil fields, pipelines and terminals
Aug. 31, 2014 - Islamist rebels in Libya have taken control of the site of the US embassy.

Rebels speaking for the group Dawn of Libya said the group's fighters have taken up position and are guarding the site of the US embassy.

US diplomatic personnel evacuated the embassy compound and the country in July as heavy fighting pitted rebel groups against the new government.

Prior Stories on the conflict in Libya

US Closes Tripoli Embassy Due to Libyan Fighting

July 26, 2014 - The United States evacuated its diplomatic staff from Tripoli today due to increased fighting in Libya that has wrecked the city's international airport and pitted anti-Gadhafi rebels against themselves as well as members of the former region.

About 150 American personnel, including 80 armed Marines, travelled by road to Tunisia as two F-16 flew air cover. The intense security comes as Congressional Republicans continue to criticize the Obama administration for the Sept. 11, 2012 deaths of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in a Benghazi attack.

The fighting in Libya flared up last week as rebels attacked Tripoli airport, closing it to traffic and destroying or damaging aircraft. The fighting among rival rebel groups has also extended to other parts of the city and has involved kidnapping officials that the rebels say were associated with the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

Prior to the airport attack, rebelling guards had returned control of two oil ports to the Libyan government. International oil prices fell on that news in anticipation of the return of about 500,000 barrels a day of Libyan to the export markets. However, the rebelling guards soon after took control of another oil port, at Brega, although that port recently has served, primarily, a domestic refinery.

Oil production in Libya fell from a high of 1.7 million barrels per day in 2010 to a low of 501 thousand bpd during the Arab Spring violence of 2011. It hit 1.4 million bbd in 2012 before falling again to 983 thousand bpd last year. The Wall Street Journal reported that the el-Feel oil field is cutting production.

For more on Libya's oil fields and fossil fuel production, see our Libya background and energy page.

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Libya Conflict Timeline

Feb 17
Protests break out in Libya against Moammar Gaddafi. Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi responded brutally against protesters. There actions induced many officials in his government to resign.
Feb 26
The UN Security Council passed Res. 1970 in response to Gaddafi's violence. It imposed sanctions on Libya and call for the International Criminal Court to investigate human rights abuses.
Aug 25
Arab League Recognizes Libya's National Transition Council. The League's move followed a July 30 meeting in which 30 countries recognized the NTC as the legitimate government.
Oct 20
Moammar Gaddafi was killed by militia men after he was fleeing airstrikes in Sirte.

Jul 07
Libyans hold elections for its General National Council.
Aug 08
Libya's General National Council assumes power. The Transitional National Council handed over power peacefully in accordance with the elections.
Sep 11
US Ambassador Christopher Stevens died of smoke inhalation after Libyan rebels fired RPGs at the US Consulate in Benghazi, setting it afire. The rebels operated in the midst of a demonstration against a blasphemous anti-Islamic film. During the day, four other Americans died as a result of violence.
Oct 07
Libya's Prime Minister-elect Mustafa A.G. Abushagur ousted. Abushagar failed to win the GNC's approval for his government
Oct 14
Libya's GNC elects Ali Zeidan as prime minister-designate.

Mar 14
Ali Zeiden steps down as Libya's Prime Minister. He is replaced by Abdullah al-Thani
Jul 12
Disgruntled members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard took the oil port of Brega, which is supplying a domestic refinery.
Jul 13
Libyan rebels today engaged in a fierce fight, killing 6, at the Tripoli airport. The battle occurred a day after rebelling guards took control of the Brega oil port, but one week after rebels returned control of oil ports at Ras Lanuf and Es Sider to the Libyan government.
Jul 26
The US Embassy in Tripoli evacuated its personnel to Tunisia due to heavy fighting in Libya.
Aug 31
Libyan rebels said they have "secured" the site of the US Embassy in Tripoli. Embassy personnel evacuated the embassy on July 26, 2014. There is a temporary embassy operation in Malta.

Apr 05
In Libya Abdullah al-Thinni, prime minister of the faction most widely recognized as the legitimate government of the country, directed the National Oil Company to deposit receipts in a bank in the United Arab Emirates rather than in the Central Bank of Libya. Rival factions in Libya have been competing over the North African country's oil and gas resources and the income derived from them.
May 25
War planes of the international recognized Libyan government attacked a Libyan-registered tanker, Anwaar Afriqyaying, saying it had been firing weapons in the port of Sirte. But the Libyan National Oil Company said the tanker did have arms and was only delivering fuel for the town's power station. The station was closed because of the failed delivery.
May 26
Tribal chiefs from Libya met in Egypt to discuss the security situation in Libya. Egyptian officials urged them to seek lay down weapons and form a unity government.
May 26
Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni was fired upon as he was traveling by car from a Parliamentary session in Tobruk. Parliament had questioned him critically about his government while demonstrators outside demanded his resignation and set a car on fire. Al-Thinni is the prime minister of the internationally recognized government of Libya, and that faction has suffered growing internal divisions. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting, which wounded a bodyguard.
Jun 13
US warplanes dropped multiple bombs in Libya targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of a January 2013 attack on the Amenas gas field in Algeria. That attack killed 38 people.