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Los Angeles, CA - BACM Research/ has announced the release of a free document collection, “Qaddafi Rise to Power in Libya: Libyan Revolution 1969-1972, CIA, State Department, National Security Council and White House Files.”

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This collection covers the rise and solidifying of power in Libya by Muammar Qaddafi and his relationship with the United States as seen through documents from the CIA, State Department, the Henry Kissinger Papers and Nixon presidential papers.

On September 1, 1969 a group of about 70 junior Libyan military officers lead by Muammar Qaddafi staged a bloodless coup d’état. The coup was launched in Benghazi, mostly by members of the Libyan Signal Corps. The Movement quickly evolved into the Revolutionary Command Council which on September 7, 1969, announced that it had formed a cabinet to conduct the business of the government of the new republic. The following day, the RCC promoted Captain Muammar Gaddafi to colonel and appointed him commander in chief of the Libyan Armed Forces, making him the new de facto head of state.

U.S. Government documents from this period show that Libya was the country with the most potential for problems in North Africa. United States officials recognized that it did not want to tie the U.S. to the authoritarian and corrupt monarchy of King Idris. The United States recognized the Revolutionary Command Council with Gaddafi at its head, as the new government.

One area of contention with Libya the U.S. was greatly concerned about was the American Wheelus Air Force Base located in Libya. Libya’s main concern was the delivery of U.S. jet aircraft, which the United States had contracted to sell to the previous Libyan government. Meanwhile, the future of American and European oil access and assets in Libya was in limbo. The documents show U.S. officials deliberating over the arms sale to Libya. The President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs, Henry Kissinger, vacillated on the question, at first siding with the opinion that no gesture would make the Libyan government less hostile. Later, Kissinger considered releasing the F-5s in order to protect American oil interests. The U.S. also faced demands from Libya for changes in U.S. policy towards Israel and the Israeli-Arab crisis.

U.S. Government policy analysts advised the Nixon administration that by actively engaging the countries of North Africa and by encouraging European allies of the U.S. to do the same, the area could be kept free of Soviet domination.

These documentary records show the path the Nixon administration took in forging its foreign policy decisions and its relations with Libya.

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