Libya

Maltese Foreign Minister: Haftar is the elephant in the room in Libya

  • 14 July 2016 - 16:00
Maltese Foreign Minister: Haftar is the elephant in the room in Libya

Maltese foreign minister George Vella described as untrustworthy reports that British, French, US and Italian forces are coordinating air strikes in support of a renegade general in eastern Libya. Air traffic control recordings obtained by the investigative online news portal Middle East Eye...

ISIS in Sirte reduced to 300 militants only, says Libyan forces, official

  • 14 July 2016 - 12:08
ISIS in Sirte reduced to 300 militants only, says Libyan forces, official

The Head of the Media office of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous operation, which is formed from different Libyan forces and led by Misurata forces, Muhammad Al-Ghasri, said ISIS has been left with nearly 300 militants, a number of mortars, a tank, and some medium weapons only. Talking to the Italian...

GNA’s Defense Minister Al-Barghathi escapes assassination in Benghazi

  • 14 July 2016 - 11:59
GNA’s Defense Minister Al-Barghathi escapes assassination in Benghazi

The Defense Minister of the Government of National Accord, Mihdi Al-Barghathi has escaped an assassination attempt by a bomb car exploding next to his motorcade when he was leaving the premises of 204 Brigade in Benghazi. The explosion of the car bomb injured one of the Brigade's fighters...

Martin Kobler unveils intention to decentralize Libya’s army

  • 13 July 2016 - 20:17
Martin Kobler unveils intention to decentralize Libya’s army

The United Nations delegate to Libya, Martin Kobler, disclosed that the Libyan army could be decentralized, meaning that it will be region-oriented - an idea aimed at easing the political gridlock surrounding an internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Martin Kobler...

Kobler: Russia has an essential role in Libya’s stability

  • 13 July 2016 - 12:25
Kobler: Russia has an essential role in Libya’s stability

Russia plays a highly constructive role in bringing about a political settlement for Libya, United Nations delegate to Libya Martin Kobler told Sputnik. "I really appreciate the constructive line of the Russian government… Russia is a very important member of the Security Council. The Security...

Turkey applauds Presidential Council’s move to Prime Ministry headquarters in Tripoli

  • 13 July 2016 - 12:22
Turkey applauds Presidential Council’s move to Prime Ministry headquarters in Tripoli

A statement from the Turkish foreign ministry late Tuesday greeted Libya’s UN-backed GNA as it moved into its new headquarters in the country’s capital. "We welcome Libya's unity government's move into the government building in Tripoli," the statement said. Turkey will continue to...

Libyan forces carry out land and air offensive on ISIS in Sirte

  • 13 July 2016 - 11:54
Libyan forces carry out land and air offensive on ISIS in Sirte

Libyan forces appointed by the U.N.-backed government have been shelling and carrying out air strikes on the center of Sirte city in a siege of Islamic State militants there, an official said on Tuesday. Militants defending Islamic State's last stronghold in Libya have been keeping Libyan...

Dignity Operation forces withdraw from Chinese Buildings area in Benghazi

  • 12 July 2016 - 15:25
Dignity Operation forces withdraw from Chinese Buildings area in Benghazi

The forces of Dignity Operation (Karama) led by Khalifa Haftar, pulled out of the Chinese Building neighbourhood in down town Benghazi, sources close to Benghazi Shura Council reported. The sources, who asked to remain unidentified, said armoured vehicles and a tank for the Dignity Operation...

Sooq Al-Jumuwa residents protest power outage and cash shortage

  • 12 July 2016 - 12:22
Sooq Al-Jumuwa residents protest power outage and cash shortage

Residents of Sooq Al-Jumuwa in Tripoli have took to the streets in protest of lack of cash at the banks and long hours of power outages. Libyan Express sources said the protesters blocked the main roads and chanted anger words at the dire conditions they are going...

ISIS mass grave and secret prison found in Sirte

  • 12 July 2016 - 12:00
ISIS mass grave and secret prison found in Sirte

A mass grave and secret prison used to abuse hostages captured by ISIS has been unearthed in Libya. Seven bodies found in a mass grave on farmland in the west of Sirte, ISIS stronghold in Libya. Three prisoners said to have been found in 'dire humanitarian conditions. The discoveries were...