Ghadames, the "Pearl of the Desert," in Libya has been the crossroads of cultures for centuries. Through that time, different cultures lived in relative harmony. But when Libya's revolution exposed divisions, it drove a wedge through this once peaceful community.
Bani Walid, in western Libya, is the last holdout of deposed and killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. In the revolution that deposed him, Bani Walid never fell to the rebels, and has since openly continued to profess allegiance to the dead dictator. But now, a conflict has erupted between the Libyan government on one side, and Bani Walid leaders.
Abu Khattala, U.S. officials and witnesses in Libya have said, is the top suspect in the Benghazi consulate. So it came as a surprise when The New York Times found him sipping juice on the balcony of a Libyan hotel. He says no one has even come to ask him about his involvement -- which he denies.
Chris Stevens was not just known and liked in Libya, but in fact all across the Middle East. And with him gone now, killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, American efforts in the region will be hampered.
As Libya hunts for the people responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy last week, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, the country is picking carefully down the road to democracy. But violent outbursts like last week's attack, coupled with disagreement among some Libyans themselves, complicate efforts to get the country moving again.
The Middle East caught fire on Tuesday when an anti-Muslim video first gained attention in Egypt. Protests have since spread across the Muslim world, targeting American and other diplomatic outposts. Local officials have sought to tamp down on the violence and push back the angry crowds.
While most of American attention in recent days has been focused on Libya, where four American diplomats died, the bigger trouble may be brewing in Egypt. People are protesting there too, and while no one is getting killed, the long-term effect of the chill on Egyptian-American relations may be startling.
While it was first believed that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was then result of protests over a seemingly anti-Muslim video, U.S. officials now believe an al-Qaeda backed group orchestrated and planned the entire thing. U.S. officials have vowed justice for the four Americans killed.
An American ambassador and three of his diplomatic colleagues were killed Tuesday in an attack on the American consulate in Bengazi, Libya -- the first time an American diplomat has been killed in at least two decades. President Barack Obama has ordered increased security for U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.
Sirte was the location of some of the fiercest fighting of Libya's revolution, the final holdout and the place where Muammar Gaddafi himself holed up in his last weeks and days. Now, as Libya awaits results of its first, free elections, not everyone in Sirte is equally excited.