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Fall of the Libyan Monarchy

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Fall of the Libyan Monarchy

Fifty years ago, on 1 September 1969, the first and only King of Libya was deposed. The documents in this collection highlight the bloodless coup by a group of Libyan military officers which removed King Idris I. The group, which called itself the Revolutionary Command Council, was motivated by the ideology of Arab socialism modeled by Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser. Within a short time, a young officer named Muammar Qadhafi emerged as a leader of the group, and he would rule Libya for the next 40 years. These documents cover major developments related to the coup, including US reaction. The Nixon administration believed that washington need not be overly distressed by the coup and felt the US could have a working relationship with the new regime. Also discussed in the documents is Libya's intention to honor treaty obligations regarding Wheelus Air Base, a major US Air Force installation in Libya that supported Mediterranean operations.

Documents in this Collection

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Document Number: 06809341
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PDF icon EXCERPT OF WEEKLY SUMMARY[15708342].pdf123.92 KB

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PDF icon MORNING CABLE SUMMARY[15708341].pdf144.87 KB

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PDF icon MEMO TO HENRY KISSINGER F[15708390].pdf378.46 KB

Document Number: 01202663
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PDF icon INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM[15708331].pdf506.75 KB

Document Number: 03397852
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PDF icon MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD[15708349].pdf263.71 KB

Document Number: 06809342
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PDF icon MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRET[15708332].pdf717.76 KB

Document Number: 03162533
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PDF icon CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULL[15708333].pdf327.44 KB

Document Number: 03359206
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