Three Months of Civil War in Libya

The civil war in Libya appears to have reached a stalemate after three months of conflict between Muammar Qaddafi's forces and rebels who seek to end his 40-year rule. Throughout that time, thousands of rebels, government forces, mercenaries, civilians, and journalists covering these events have paid with their lives. NATO forces have been involved for over two months now, carrying out hundreds of airstrikes and delivering aid and assistance to rebel forces. Just Tuesday, NATO unleashed its heaviest airstrikes yet, dropping bombs on several targets in Tripoli, including Qaddafi's compound. Rebel forces have firm control over the eastern part of Libya and recently gained control of the port city of Misrata, after street-by-street battles and a long siege by Qaddafi's military. Collected here are images from the past several weeks in war-torn Libya.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Dennis Cook / AP

    30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987

    Take a step into a visual time capsule, for a brief look at the year.

  • Cris Bouroncle / AFP / Getty

    Peru Suffers Worst Flooding in Decades

    An unusual bout of heavy rains powered by El Niño conditions have drenched parts of Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal.

  • Guillaume Souvant / AFP / Getty

    Photos of the Week: 3/11–3/17

    A therapeutic greyhound in Spain, a civil defense drill in South Korea, flooding in Peru, a robot-run hotel in Japan, refugees learning curling in Canada, and much more

  • Joseph Eid / AFP / Getty

    In Syria: Six Years of War

    For six years now, Syrians have endured the loss and hardship caused by a protracted civil war.

Join the Discussion