Libya

Tunisian Defence Minister denies hosting US drones for Libya operations

  • 28 October 2016 - 15:57
Tunisian Defence Minister denies hosting US drones for Libya operations

Tunisia denied Thursday a US news report that said it had allowed the US troops to operate unmanned planes from its territory for missions in neighbouring Libya against IS. “As part of Tunisian-US bilateral cooperation, we have acquired drones to train our military personnel to use this...

UAE establishes military base in eastern Libya

  • 28 October 2016 - 15:10
UAE establishes military base in eastern Libya

The UAE has reportedly established a military base in eastern Libya in support for the Operation Dignity Forces, led by Khalifa Haftar, which are part of the Tobruk-based House of Representative (HoR). The UAE-staffed military base in eastern Al-Marj city is the place from where Haftar's forces...

Greece hopes to reopen embassy in Tripoli after two years

  • 28 October 2016 - 14:33
Greece hopes to reopen embassy in Tripoli after two years

Greece is planning to normalise ties with Libya and to reopen its embassy in the country's capital, Tripoli, according to diplomatic sources. The embassy was shut down in late July, 2014, at the height of Libya’s civil conflict. To this effect, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will...

EU training of Libyan coastguards kicks off in the sea

  • 27 October 2016 - 20:14
EU training of Libyan coastguards kicks off in the sea

Attending a NATO defense ministers' meeting Thursday, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced as a "very important step" the launch of the EU training program for 78 heavily-vetted members of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy. The EU...

Libyan coastguards rescue 29 African migrants, recover 97 bodies off Libyan shores

  • 27 October 2016 - 16:23
Libyan coastguards rescue 29 African migrants, recover 97 bodies off Libyan shores

The Libyan Navy spokesman, Ayoub Qasim, said the Libyan Coast Guard personnel has rescued 29 illegal migrants of different African nationalities onboard a dinghy. “The rescue operation was done in cooperation with Anwar Africa vessel after a report came on Wednesday afternoon from Tripoli...

US uses Tunisian air base to fly surveillance drones inside Libya

  • 27 October 2016 - 10:33
US uses Tunisian air base to fly surveillance drones inside Libya

The United States has started using a Tunisian air base to carry out surveillance drone operations inside Libya, reported Reuters from U.S. government sources said on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. The unarmed drones have been flying out of Tunisia since late June and are now part...

UN delegate to Libya says Libyan Political Agreement will expire before it takes effect

  • 27 October 2016 - 10:01
UN delegate to Libya says Libyan Political Agreement will expire before it takes effect

The UN delegate to Libya, Martin Kobler, warned on Wednesday that the constitutional validity of the Skhirat-signed agreement is going to end this December. Kobler indicated in a conference at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, that now the UN-brokered political agreement, which...

UK former foreign Minister says Britain negotiated IRA victims compensation during Gaddafi reign

  • 27 October 2016 - 09:35
UK former foreign Minister says Britain negotiated IRA victims compensation during Gaddafi reign

The former foreign secretary of the UK, Jack Straw, has denied that IRA victims killed and injured by Libyan-supplied Semtex were ignored during negotiations with the Gaddafi regime. Straw said the issue of compensation for IRA victims was not raised with him prior to the discussions with the...

MSF rescues 25 migrants from a stranded dinghy off Libya’s coast

  • 27 October 2016 - 08:41
MSF rescues 25 migrants from a stranded dinghy off Libya’s coast

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it had rescued Wednesday 25 illegal immigrants from a dinghy off the Libyan coast. MSF stated that on another incident on Tuesday, its teams off the Libyan coast rescued other migrants as well, according to France Press. The MSF organisation also reported...

Sea Watch urges EU to give a second thought on training Libyan coastguards after recent attack

  • 26 October 2016 - 10:51
Sea Watch urges EU to give a second thought on training Libyan coastguards after recent attack

Sea Watch - a German aid group - urged the European Union on Tuesday to reconsider its plans to train Libyan forces to conduct sea rescue operations after a vessel labeled as belonging to them attacked a dinghy full of migrants last week. Dozens of African migrants were feared dead in the...