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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

Russia in Libya: Wasn’t that expected?

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi The Russian Defense Ministry’s Tuesday statement denying media reports that special Russian forces were deployed in Libya is nothing new. Reuters published an interesting report about Russian intervention in Libya’s internal struggle between parties affiliated with

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

Russia denies deployment of special forces in Egypt

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it did not have special forces in Egypt after US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources told Reuters it appeared to have deployed such forces to an Egyptian airbase, the Interfax news agency reported. The

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

Italy coastguard says almost 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya

Some 970 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, Italy’s coastguard said, as the numbers attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe continue to rise. Even before Thursday’s arrivals, more than 13,400 people had arrived on Italy’s

Merkel in Egypt in push to reduce migrant flow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in Cairo Thursday on a two-day trip to Egypt and Tunisia, in a push to limit migrant flows to Europe through North Africa, especially chaos-torn Libya. Turmoil exploited by people smugglers since the 2011 overthrow

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

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

Egypt chief-of-staff mediates between Libyan rivals in Cairo

Egypt’s chief-of-staff has mediated between two Libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in Cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a UN peace deal. Col. Tamer el-Rifai, an Egyptian army spokesman, says the two

Egyptian hostages in Libya released: Army

The Egyptian army, in coordination with the General Command of the Libyan army managed to release the 13 Egyptians, who were kidnapped by an armed criminal gang in the region of Ajdabiya, Libya. Egypt’s military spokesman, Colonel Tamer al-Rifai, asserted

Guterres: Salam Fayyad ‘right man’ to be Libya envoy despite US objection

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he believed former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad was the “right person” to be the world body’s envoy to Libya after the United States raised objections to the choice. The US ambassador to

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