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Tripoli was a Barbary State of North Africa and then a province of Turkey before it became part of Libya. The name Tripolitania arose from the 3 cities that included Leptis Magna, Oea (later-Tripoli) and Sabratha.
(WUD, 1994, p.1516)(www.bartleby.com/65/tr/Tripolit.html)
The national flag is green with no writing or decoration. Green is the traditional color of Islam.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.D4)

Links: AfricaNet: http://www.africanet.com/africanet/country/libya/home.htm
CIA Factbook: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ly.html
Emulate: http://www.emulateme.com/country.aspx?countryid=142&countryname=Libya
TravelDocs: http://www.traveldocs.com/ly/index.htm
USLC: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/lytoc.html