REPORT: Fate Of Seized Libyan Airliners Has Intel Agencies Freaked Out

With the fall of Libya's main international airport, and the utter chaos that has enveloped that country in the last few months, it appears that close to a dozen airliners are worrying intel folks in the U.S. and abroad according to at least one report. » 9/03/14 9:36am 9/03/14 9:36am

Watch A MiG-21 Fighter Jet Come Down Over Libya In A Huge Fireball

A Libyan MiG-21 fighter jet flying in the skies over the city of Tobruk in Eastern Libya came down in a densely populated neighborhood earlier today, exploding with incredible force upon impact. The pilot and a small boy on the ground were killed, according to initial reports. » 9/02/14 5:07pm 9/02/14 5:07pm

U.S. Quietly Evacuates Libyan Embassy With Surprise Convoy Escape

With Tripoli's major airport coming under fire and a civil war raging in the streets, it's been clear for a while that the fighting in Libya was getting out of control and the evacuation of U.S. staff and troops would be necessary. How'd they do it? With a sneaky early morning convoy. » 7/26/14 9:07am 7/26/14 9:07am

Battle For Tripoli's International Airport Rages On, A330 In Flames

The nearly week-long battle for Tripoli's International Airport continues on, and sadly, a very new $225M Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 has been the latest aircraft victim of the shelling. The fighting is between an Islamist Militia and a more moderate one that originates from the western city of Zintan that currently… » 7/20/14 5:34pm 7/20/14 5:34pm

How The Marines Could Evacuate The U.S. Embassy In Libya

Libya appears on the verge of all-out civil war once again as opposing factions are squaring off in the streets of Tripoli. In the wake of the Benghazi attack, the Obama Administration and the DoD are ready and waiting to pull our diplomats and their support staff out at a moments notice. Here's how they'll probably… » 5/23/14 11:27pm 5/23/14 11:27pm

The Libya Rally, 1,500 Miles From Libya, Has The Coolest Trailer

High production value, groovy soundtrack, and insane footage of some incredibly cool vehicles makes this my favorite desert racing clip right now. Reckon it's good enough to forgive organizers for naming another race after a place it doesn't go to? » 4/21/14 7:40pm 4/21/14 7:40pm

Watch US Commandos Abduct An Accused Al Qaeda Bomber In 75 Seconds

The United States wanted Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai for a connection to the al-Qaeda bombings of multiple US embassies in East Africa in the 1990s and possibly to a planned attack on the Libyan embassy in 2012. Here is video of US commandos abducting him in almost exactly 75 seconds. » 2/10/14 3:26pm 2/10/14 3:26pm

Chinese Use Libyan Uprising To Advertise 'Stronger Than War' Trucks

Lacking a large supply of true military vehicles, rebels in Libya largely used trucks with improvised armaments as "technicals" instead. Some of these were Toyotas and Fords, but most were Chinese-built knockoffs of Toyotas and Fords. » 4/24/12 3:00pm 4/24/12 3:00pm

Mercedes–Benz’s great Libyan racing swindle

Before Libya became the recently killed Muammar Gaddafi’s silly desert kingdom for 42 years, it was an Italian colony which hosted the Tripoli Grand Prix, the fastest motor race of the 1930s. Fed up with four years of Silver Arrow dominance, the Italians changed the rules for the 1939 race to make sure an Alfa Romeo… » 10/24/11 3:30pm 10/24/11 3:30pm

Watch Libyan rebels celebrate Gaddafi's death with car stunts

Guns-and-drifting is all the rage amongst the youths everywhere — and especially in the Arab world. Check out these Libyan rebels celebrating the news of Muammar Gaddafi's timely end with this tribute to insane Saudi drifting. » 10/21/11 3:30pm 10/21/11 3:30pm

Libyan rebels liberate Gaddafi's custom Fiat 500

We've long been impressed by the vehicular ingenuity of the Libyan uprising, but as this photo of a dictator-approved Fiat 500 from the compound of Muammar Gaddafi shows, they weren't the only ones into customizing. UPDATE: They're pushing it because it's electric. » 8/25/11 10:00am 8/25/11 10:00am

Even chopped pickup trucks may not help Libya's rebels win

It would be heartening to report that Libya's ragtag rebellion has pushed itself to the brink of victory using their wits to build weapons like this recoilless rifle in a chopped Chinese pickup. But it wouldn't be true. » 6/21/11 2:30pm 6/21/11 2:30pm

Watch Libyan rebel trucks lay down the law

Those Libyan trucks rebels are managing to cobble together out of old washing machines seem to be working. Libyan rebel forces are advancing (with the help of NATO air strikes) and, as you can see in this video, using their technicals to make a lot of noise. » 5/11/11 3:00pm 5/11/11 3:00pm

Inside the Libyan rebels' secret "Mad Max" workshops

The Libyan rebels assembled a motorized cavalry of mostly civilian trucks outfitted with crude armor and even cruder weapons almost overnight. Where'd they come from? Secret workshops run by brave mechanics using junk tools and spit-and-gum techniques to keep the troops at the front armed. » 5/04/11 9:30am 5/04/11 9:30am

New Hyundai Accent built Libyan rebellion tough

We've been amazed at the vehicles used by the Libyan rebels in their fight against oppression, and this photo today from Associated Press photographer Nassan Nassan only adds to it. Hyundai's getting a war badge. » 4/15/11 3:30pm 4/15/11 3:30pm

This Is What Happens When Your Improvised Missile Truck Misfires

Libyan rebels continue a tenuous back-and-forth with Qaddafi's forces, bolstered by the occasional NATO fist from the sky. And it's a good thing they've got the ol' Treaty Organization behind them, because the insurrection's a bit... ragtag. » 4/13/11 1:40pm 4/13/11 1:40pm

These are the trucks that power the Libyan Rebels

The backbone of any modern rebel army remains the bullet-, crash-, flood-, and demolition-proof Toyota Hilux. Barely days after the Libyan civil war broke out, the fearless Hungarian traveler Dániel Belényi made his way to the rebel capital of Benghazi to hang out with Libya’s Toyota-equipped rebels. These are his… » 4/08/11 12:30pm 4/08/11 12:30pm

This kid stole a truck to escape Libyan forces

The young man in this photo said he stole the truck to escape from Brega, currently besieged by Libyan loyalist forces, and return to the rebel side of the conflict where the truck will likely be put to good use. It's a frightened face of a massive human tragedy framed in a truck's window. » 4/07/11 3:30pm 4/07/11 3:30pm

These Libyan Rebels prefer an American pickup truck

While most Libyan freedom fighters drive Toyotas, Nissans, and Mitsus, these fellas are in solidarity with the allies in their gun-toting 'Merican Dodge Dakota pickup truck. They're just like us! Or, at least, just like Texans. (H/T Molotov!) » 3/28/11 11:15am 3/28/11 11:15am