Brigitte Scheffer

October 2014

Our World - Libya, Last Stand Against Jihad

Libya: Last Stand Against Jihad
Our World

Libya's newly-elected parliament fled Tripoli in early August after losing control of the capital to Islamist militias. With Benghazi, the country's second city now partially under hostile control, the parliament has decamped to the eastern port of Tobruk. Tim Whewell is one of the only Western journalists to recently gain access to Tobruk, a once sleepy town now caught between terror and denial. He meets politicians and ordinary Libyans who fear that unless internationally-recognised authorities can regain control, Libya will become a stronghold for ISIS forces escaping the Western-led bombing campaign against them in Iraq.