"U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya Attacked" (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
By: The Associated Press
Date: December 3, 1979
Source: The Associated Press.
About the Author: Founded in 1848, the Associated Press (AP) is an international newswire service with offices and reporters stationed worldwide.
The arrival of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi to the leadership of Libya by way of a coup d'etat in 1969 transformed the sparsely populated, oil-rich, desert state. Qaddafi's manifesto, the Green Book, extolled a cross between Egypt's charismatic leader from 1956970 Gamal Abd-Al Nasser's philosophy of pan-Arabism and Cuban Premier Fidel Castro's Leninist Marxism. It was also infused with a call against colonialism.
In practice, Qaddafi's rule initially manifested itself as a kind of political gangsterism, combined with an indifferent neutrality. In 1970, the property of Italians and non-resident Jews in Libya was appropriated, leading to the exodus of much of the 13,000-strong Italian community. A year later, Qaddafi nationalized foreign banks and imposed various regulations on other foreign companies operating within Libya, most notably when...
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