Libya Government of National Accord

  • Jun- 2020 -
    24 June

    Will Egypt Send Troops Into Libya?

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has upped the ante in the chaotic conflict in Libya, warning Cairo could intervene militarily.

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  • 21 June
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    Egypt’s Sisi Says Turkey/Qatar-Backed Assault on Libya’s Sirte Is ‘Red Line’

    Egypt’s president warned Saturday that advances by Turkey-backed Libyan forces on the Libyan city of Sirte could prompt an Egyptian military intervention in the neighboring country in support of Cairo’s ally Khalifa Haftar.  Meanwhile, Ankara has urged forces led by the eastern-based Haftar to withdraw from the strategic city for a ceasefire agreement to be reached. The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has made major military gains against Haftar’s forces recently thanks to increased support from its backer Turkey. The key city of Sirte, which lies some 280 miles east of the capital, is under the control of Haftar’s forces, who last year launched a recently aborted attempt to seize control of western Libya. In a televised address, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sirte is a “red line” for Egypt, citing the need to protect its porous border as grounds for “direct intervention” in Libya. “If the Libyan people asked us to intervene, it is a signal to the world that Egypt and Libya share … common interests, security and stability,” Sisi said on Saturday. The GNA denounced Sisi’s warning, saying any intervention would be a threat to Libya’s security. “We strongly reject what was said …

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  • 5 June
    AfricaLibyan General Khalifa Haftar

    Libya Government Says Retakes Haftar’s Last Redoubt in West

    Libya's UN-recognised government announced another victory in its counter-offensive against Khalifa Haftar, overrunning his last western stronghold.

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  • 4 June
    AfricaFormer Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.

    Libya Unity Government Claims Full Control of Tripoli, Suburbs

    Libya’s UN-recognised unity government said Thursday that it was back in full control of the capital and its suburbs after more than a year of fighting off an offensive by eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar. “Our heroic forces have full control of Greater Tripoli right up to the city limits,” Mohamad Gnounou, spokesman for the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), said in a Facebook post. The announcement came after GNA forces retook the capital’s civilian airport on Wednesday, more than a year after losing it in Haftar’s initial drive on the capital. The airport, in Tripoli’s southern outskirts, had been disused since 2014 when it was heavily damaged in fighting between rival militias. “Our forces are continuing their advance, chasing the terrorist militias from the walls of Tripoli,” said the GNA’s Deputy Defense Minister Salah Namrush. “Some of their commanders are fleeing towards Bani Walid airport,” in the interior 170 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the capital, he added on Facebook. Footage of GNA troops manning positions held until recently by Haftar’s fighters was widely circulated on Libyan television channels and social media. The fighting for the capital had killed hundreds and forced around 200,000 people to flee. GNA forces, …

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  • 2 June
    AfricaLibyan General Khalifa Haftar

    Libya Rivals Agree Return to Ceasefire Talks: UN

    The United Nations’ Libya mission said Tuesday the country’s warring parties had agreed to restart talks aimed at reaching a lasting ceasefire, after a three-month suspension. In a statement, UNSMIL “welcomed” moves by the Government of National Accord and forces backing eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar to accept “restarting negotiations on a ceasefire and the related security arrangements.” Pro-Haftar forces have been battling since April last year to seize the capital Tripoli from the UN-recognised GNA, in fighting that has left hundreds dead and forced 200,000 to flee their homes. A military commission made up of five GNA loyalists and five Haftar delegates held talks in February, but the dialogue was suspended. A January truce brokered by GNA backer Turkey and key Haftar ally Russia has been repeatedly violated. Neither side immediately commented on the UN statement. Haftar’s rapid advance on Tripoli last year stalled to a bloody stalemate on the edges of the capital. In recent weeks, GNA forces buoyed by Turkish drones and air defense systems have taken back a string of coastal towns and a key airbase, Haftar is supported by neighboring Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as well as Russia. The UN mission urged “states backing either …

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    9 March
    AfricaFormer Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.

    Haftar tells Macron he will abide by Libya ceasefire

    Libyan general Khalifa Haftar told French President Emmanuel Macron his forces would abide by a ceasefire if government forces do the same

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  • Feb- 2020 -
    17 February
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    EU agrees naval mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

    European Union foreign ministers on agreed to a naval operation to enforce an arms embargo on war-torn Libya, replacing Operation Sophia

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  • 3 February
    EuropeFormer Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.

    Libya’s warring parties in UN-sponsored joint military commission talks

    Representatives of the warring parties in Libya were meeting in Geneva in a UN-sponsored joint military commission

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  • Jan- 2020 -
    22 January
    AfricaAirstrike on the Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, Libya

    Libya suspends operations at recently reopened Tripoli airport after rocket fire

    Rocket fire forced the suspension of all flights into and out of Tripoli's sole functioning airport, Libya's embattled government said

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  • 14 January
    AfricaLibyan General Khalifa Haftar

    Haftar leaves Russia without signing Libya peace deal

    Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending nine months of fighting, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain

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