Al-Sawaiq Brigade for Protection (Libya)

Country: Libya
Details of Formation: Al-Swaiq, from Zintan, was a rebel group during the civil uprising in 2011. After the fall of Gaddafi on 23 August 2011, it aligned with the National Transitional Council.
Details of Termination: The group is coded as terminated in February 2014, when it asked the parliament (the GNC, then government) to step down. This marks the first recorded statement against the GNC. Another source mentions in general that the group was against the GNC; it might thus possibly have been anti-government since any time the GNC constituted the government (since 2012-08-08).
Purpose: The Al-Sawaiq Brigade provides personal protection for senior figures at the National Transitional Council, including the former Prime Minister.
Organisation: A report from 2014 says the group was headed by Imad al-Tarabulsi, who is known to keep a low profile.
Weapons and Training: The group is thought to be the most heavily armed in Libya.
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Treatment of Civilians: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.
Other Information: The Al-Sawaiq Brigade has strong connections to the Al-Qa’qa’ PGM. Al-Sawaiq is a Zintan militia and might be part of the Al-Zintan Revolutionaries’ Military Council.
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