Today in North African history: the 1969 Libyan coup

The 1950s and 1960s saw a number of coups in the Arab world. Syria experienced three coups in 1949 (which, OK, isn’t the 1950s, but close enough) and another in 1951, Egypt had a major one in 1952, Syria again in 1954, Iraq overthrew its post-colonial monarchy in 1958, Syria (again) had another major coup in 1961, the Mutawakkilite monarchy was overthrown in Yemen in 1962, Syria (hell yeah) and Iraq both experienced coups in 1963, Algeria had a military coup in 1965, Syria (bring it) in 1966, and [deep breath] Libya experienced a coup on September 1, 1969, which is our subject today.

Source: Today in North African history: the 1969 Libyan coup

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