Zintan ( ar, الزنتان Latin: Tentheos, Berber language: ''Zintan'' or ''Tigharmin'' or ''Tiɣaṛmin'', meaning "small castles") is one of the biggest cities in north western Libya, situated roughly southwest of Tripoli, in the area. The city and its surrounding area has a population of approximately 50,000.


The Roman Empire, Roman garrison town of Tentheos was on the Nafusa mountain range in the hinterland of the Limes Tripolitanus, near the border.

Libyan Civil War 2011

Groups from Zintan joined in the Libyan Civil War (2011). The Battle of Zintan reportedly began when the Muammar Gaddafi, Gaddafi-led government forces arrived to recruit 1,000 soldiers. Insulted by the proposal to fight fellow Libyans, a group formed in Zintan to protest. As the group grew, pro-Gaddafi forces attacked but local groups counterattacked with seized weapons, "rout[ing]" a large, heavily armed government convoy on 19–20 March. The Zintan people were responsible for the capture of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, the second son of Muammar Gaddafi. He was captured on 19 November 2011, a month after his father's death, about west of the town of Ubari near Sabha, Libya, Sabha in southern Libya.

See also

* Tripolitania – ''in this region'' * Zintan Brigades


Populated places in Jabal al Gharbi District Tripolitania Baladiyat of Libya {{Libya-geo-stub