During the Cold War, the Soviet Union wanted to claim Libya as their own. The USSR desired an outlet on the Mediterranean and demanded a base in Libya. Neither France or Britain accepted this proposal and suggested Libyan independence as a result.
After the Monarchy was overthrown, the cultural revolution began. The cultural revolution got rid of all the laws existing under the monarchy regime. The revolution marked the return of Arab and Islamic heritage in Libya.
It was soon discovered that Libya was oil-rich and many American companies wanted to be involved. Oil producing companies have more funds for arms purchase. Libya had deals to buy arms from western leaders.
In the beginning of the Cold War Libya was neutral between both sides. After Libya gained independence through the U.N., it was not as neutral. The Libyan business environment was hostile with the U.S.
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On April 14th, 1986, the US launched an airstrike against Libya. The US was motivated by the Libyan sponsorship of terrorism against American troops. Bombs and missiles were sent between the US and Libya.