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Revolutionary Committees (Libya)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 55
Country: Libya
Date formed: Jan. 1, 1977
Details of Formation:
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination:
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): person/minister
Training and Equipment no information
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel yes
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ethnic; ideology; adolescents
Force Strength: [2000, 25000]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; regular military force; foreigners
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; protect national borders and integrity
Other Information: -similar to Revolutionary Guards in Iran -a network of ideological zealots whose task is to maintain the momentum of the revolution. -created on every level of society. -run hitsquads -Have own newspaper, The Green March (or Al-Jamahiriya) -XXX threatened to send ''revolutionary committees'' beyond his borders to destroy other Arab governments -compete with regular Government bureaucracies, it is often difficult to tell where real authority lies. -The committees are headed by Maj.XXX, Libya's No. 2 leader -Responsible for hit-squads that eliminate libyan exiles. -control the peoples congresses -At the height of their power, any committee, ostensibly on its own initiative, could investigate, arrest, try and 'liquidate' - the approved term - 'enemies of the revolution. -In 1988 thepolitical vanguard that became a vigilante force with sweeping powers of arrest and trial, had been sharply curtailed. -Maghreb Confidential refers to the group as Libya's parliament.