King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

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UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

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Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

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Category Archives: Libya

East Libyan forces arrest commander sought by ICC

:: Security forces in eastern Libya said on Thursday they had arrested the commander of an elite forces unit who is sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners. The general command

ICC issues arrest warrant for Benghazi commander

:: International judges have issued a war crimes arrest warrant against a senior Libyan military commander, suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in Benghazi. “The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant of arrest

Libya: Haftar heads to Moscow to meet with Lavrov

:: Libya’s military General Khalifa Haftar will visit Moscow on Saturday for discussions over a peace plan including a ceasefire and political talks, a Russian official said Friday. Haftar will discuss “the issue of his eventual meeting

Italian ship arrives in Tripoli port despite threat

:: The Libyan navy chief off staff’s media office has released a video of an Italian navy ship arriving to the port of Tripoli, while stressing that its arrival does not impede on the Libya’s sovereignty. The

Haftar orders navy to confront ships entering Libyan waters

Khalifa Haftar

:: Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has ordered forces under his command to bar foreign vessels from entering the country’s waters, a spokesman said Thursday, after Italy gave the go-ahead to a Libya naval mission to stem

Haftar orders bombing of Italian warships requested by Sarraj

:: Libyan commander General Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, has ordered the bombing of any Italian warships requested by the prime minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj, excluding merchant

Eastern Libya force jet shot down by missile over Derna – official

:: A fighter jet from eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army was shot down in Dahr Al-Hamer district in Derna and its two crew detained, an air force spokesman said on Saturday. Haftar’s LNA

Libyan rivals voice joint support for plan to end crisis

:: Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar have said they are committed to a conditional ceasefire in joint declaration after talks near Paris. In a joint statement on Tuesday, both said their

Libya’s coastguard rescue 278 Europe-bound migrants

:: Libya’s coastguard in two separate operations on Monday rescued at least 278 migrants as they tried to reach Europe, naval officials said. In one operation, 150 migrants, mostly Africans, ran into trouble when their inflatable boat

UN-backed Libya PM to meet Khalifa Haftar near Paris on Tuesday

:: Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj will hold talks near Paris on Tuesday with Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the country’s east, the French presidency said. French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting,

Libya’s UN-backed government moves to take control of wealth fund

:: Libya’s UN-backed government has formed a board of trustees and appointed directors for the country’s contested sovereign wealth fund, moves opposed by others who lay claim to the key financial institution. The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA),

Libya’s Fayez al-Sarraj announces political roadmap, calls for polls next year

:: The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government has announced a new political roadmap for his violence-wracked country, with presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in March 2018. The Government of National Accord has been struggling

19 bodies of Egyptian migrants found in Libya desert

:: Libyan aid workers recovered the bodies of 19 migrants believed to be Egyptians in Libya’s eastern desert, a Red Crescent spokesman said on Sunday. The migrants appeared to have been smuggled into Libya by foot and

Libyan army chief in UAE for talks on military ‘cooperation’

:: Libyan army chief Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said Sunday, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from militants. Haftar held talks with Abu Dhabi

35 migrants missing off Libya after boat sinks

:: Thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable craft sank on Saturday off the Libyan coast, the coastguard said. Eighty-five migrants, including 18 women, were rescued with the help of fishermen who alerted

Libyan Army recaptures Benghazi from extremists

:: The Libyan Army announced on Wednesday that it has recaptured the city of Benghazi from extremist groups, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. “Benghazi was conclusively cleared of extremists,” the privately-owned Libya Al-Hadath TV quoted the eastern-based

Official accuses Qatar of interfering in Libya and supporting terrorism

:: Libyan Army’s spokesperson Col. Ahmad Al-Mesmari told a news conference that “Qatar has been supporting terrorist groups in Libya since 2014.” Images and videos have been published showing Qatar’s participation – with support from the Qatari

Official says Qatar, Sudan and Turkey are ‘triad of terrorism’ in Libya

:: Libyan army spokesman Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari has described Qatar, Sudan and Turkey as “the triad of terrorism” in Libya”. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Colonel al-Mesmari said: “The battle of our Libyan army is not

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