The Misrata Brigades was formed during 2011 and is regarded as a revolutionary militia. The brigades gained power in Misrata all through the Libyan revolution during which it seized most of its weapons from forces loyal to ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi in Misrata, Sirte and Tripoli. Following the revolution, most of the weapons were distributed amongst the fighters. The Misrata brigades brutal response to those perceived as loyal to Qaddafi resulted in accusations of war crimes by a published report from the UN’s International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. The brigades are trying to protect their legacy of being at the forefront of the struggle and being those who suffered most during the war. The brigade is also demanding a political stake in a new Libyan state that will include federal rights. Though the Misrata brigade is attached to the Libyan Ministry of Defence by means of the Association with the Misrata Union of Revolutionaries (MUR), it often operates…
Misrata Brigades (MUR)
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