2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Libya

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

DOS NADR - CWD 1,500 2,500 16,000 24,000
DOS OTHER 0 0 0 19,575
COUNTRY TOTAL 1,500 2,500 16,000 43,575

Dollars in thousands


Stockpiles of conventional weapons and ammunition proliferated throughout Libya and adjoining regions during the 2011 revolution. Since mid-2014, fierce fighting among Libyan militias and rival governing factions, as well as Libyan forces and ISIS, caused further mine and ERW contamination. The U.S. government is working with allies, international organizations, and implementing partners to better coordinate activities that counter the illicit trafficking of weapons throughout the region by violent extremist organizations operating in Libya, and mitigate the threats to civilians posed by ERW. The greatest immediate threats are ERW and IEDs found in areas recently liberated from ISIS and other extremist groups.

From 2011 to 2017, the United States invested more than $43.5 million working with partners and allies to coordinate a CWD response with a focus on MANPADS destruction and ERW clearance.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partners:

  • DDG worked to mitigate the threat of mines and ERW through non-technical surveys on the outskirts of Sirte. Following the liberation of Sirte in December 2016, DDG continued to conduct EOD spot tasks in areas of the city and on the outskirts where mines and ERW posed a heavy threat to civilians, including returning families.
  • ITF continued sustainment of the Libya Mine Action Center, supporting the maintenance of staff and facilities and the development of standard operating procedures and national standards while building explosive mine risk education capacity.
  • Janus began to train a cadre of IED disposal operators from the Libyan Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior.