Category Archives: Libya

Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar — US general

Khalifa Haftar

The head of US forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an “undeniable” link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, something likely to add to US concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya. Earlier this month

Libya government forces overrun Tripoli militia HQ

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government overran the headquarters of a rival militia on Wednesday as artillery exchanges rocked the capital for a third day, a security source said. Libya has experienced years of violence and lawlessness since the

Tripoli armed factions take over rival’s compound in heavy fighting

Armed groups aligned with a UN-backed government in Tripoli took over a compound occupied by a rival prime minister early on Wednesday, after heavy fighting that spread to several parts of the Libyan capital. The offices of a television station

Libya’s eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli

Libya’s eastern parliament voted Tuesday to withdraw its support for a United Nations peace deal and Government of National Accord, an escalation in the fractured country’s split that stokes concerns recent violence could intensify. Abdullah Ablaihig, spokesman for the Tobruk-based,

Libyan National Army loses control of major oil ports to armed faction

An armed faction entered two major Libyan oil ports on Friday, pushing back forces that captured and reopened the terminals in September, officials and residents said. The move risks increasing the fighting around the ports and casts new doubt over

Foreign travel curbs imposed on 18-45 age group in East Libya

Authorities in control of eastern Libya on Thursday imposed foreign travel curbs on residents aged between 18 and 45, saying they would need security clearance. “Libyan men and women aged between 18 and 45 are forbidden from leaving the country

Over 700 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy coast guard

About 730 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast on Wednesday after seven rescue operations mounted by the Italian coast guard and the SOS Mediterranee aid group. The migrants were mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, said the coast guard, which is

Indian doctor abducted by ISIS in Libya rescued

An Indian doctor, who was kidnapped in Libya, has been rescued and is being brought back to India shortly, a news report has revealed quoting a series of tweets sent out by the country’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj

Libya PM’s convoy comes under fire in Tripoli, no one wounded

A convoy carrying Libya’s contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, and other top officials came under heavy gunfire Monday in Tripoli, but they survived unharmed, spokesmen for his administration said. “The convoy of GNA (Government of National Accord) chief Fayez

ISIS vows more attacks on Egypt’s Christians

An ISIS affiliate in Egypt has released a new video showing the suicide bomber who attacked a church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christian minority. The 20-minute video, which emerged Monday, said Christians were the extremist

Libyan females barred from traveling abroad unguarded

Military ruler for the region of eastern Libya, General Abdul Razek al-Nazouri, announced his decision to bar Libyan women from leaving the country unguarded by a male. The region of eastern Libya is managed by the internationally recognized government and

Egypt brokers Libya peace roadmap, but key figures fail to meet

Libyan factions have tentatively agreed on an Egyptian-brokered roadmap to heal divisions, Egypt said, though the failure to engineer a meeting between two key figures has cast a shadow on the diplomatic push. The deal comes after months of diplomatic

Sudan brings home baby of ISIS fighters slain in Libya

Sudanese security agents on Monday brought home a four-month-old baby girl whose parents were killed in Libya while fighting for ISIS, a security official said. The infant, born to Sudanese parents, was brought to Khartoum after the Libyan Red Crescent

Libya halts more than 400 migrants bound for Europe

Libya’s coast guard said Saturday it intercepted more than 400 African migrants attempting to reach Europe, a day after EU leaders agreed on moves to curb mass migration from the country. General Ayoub Qassem, the coast guard spokesman, said 431

Libyan forces say they found 90 bodies at site of US air strike

A counter-terrorism unit in the Libyan capital Tripoli said it suspected a car bomb that went off on Saturday near the Italian embassy was planted by backers of a rival force in the divided country’s east. The blast occurred in

Tripoli force suspects rival eastern force backers in bomb near Italian embassy

A counter-terrorism unit in the Libyan capital Tripoli said it suspected a car bomb that went off on Saturday near the Italian embassy was planted by backers of a rival force in the divided country’s east. The blast occurred in

Car bomb in central Benghazi wounds former interior minister

A car bomb in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed one person on Friday and wounded 13, including former interior minister Ashour Shuwail, security and medical officials said. The powerful explosion outside a mosque in Benghazi’s central Al-Majouri district

More than 80 ISIS militants killed in US strikes in Libya

More than 80 ISIS militants were killed in US strikes on training camps in Libya, including several who were involved in plotting attacks in Europe, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday. “They certainly are people who were actively plotting operations

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