Libya

  • Jun- 2020 -
    4 June
    Former 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
    Libyan 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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  • May- 2020 -
    26 May
    Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.

    Russia Sent Warplanes to Back Mercenaries in Libya: US Military

    Russia recently sent fighter jets to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for strongman Khalifa Haftar, the U.S. military command for Africa (Africom) said Tuesday, in a major escalation in the long-running conflict. The military fighter aircraft left Russia and first stopped in Syria where they “were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin” before arriving in Libya, said Stuttgart-based Africom. The U.S. military did not specify when exactly the jets arrived, only saying that it was “recently.” The announcement comes a day after Libya’s U.N.-recognised government said hundreds of Russian mercenaries backing rival military commander Haftar had been evacuated from combat zones south of the capital Tripoli. The retreat follows a series of setbacks for Haftar’s years-long offensive to seize the capital from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). The Kremlin has always denied involvement in the conflict. But United Nations experts said in a report last month that the Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian paramilitary organization seen as close to President Vladimir Putin, had sent fighters to back Haftar. “For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, there is no denying it now,” said U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend …

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    14 April
    Former Libyan General Khalifa Haftar.

    Haftar’s Libyan National Army forces fire on Tripoli after losing western towns

    Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army forces rained rockets on the capital Tripoli after being ousted by government loyalists from a string of towns to its west

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    17 March
    Spanish VBSS Approaches Moroccan Ship, Phoenix Express 2019

    AFRICOM cancels North Africa multinational training exercise Phoenix Express over COVID-19 concerns

    US Africa Command cancelled the Phoenix Express joint naval security exercise as a precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19

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  • 9 March
    Former 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 -
    19 February
    Chad soldiers

    Chad soldiers repel CCMSR rebel incursion from Libya, army says

    Chadian soldiers repelled an incursion into the Tiibesti region from neighbouring Libya by CCMSR rebels, the army said

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  • 17 February
    EU flag

    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
    Former 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
    Airstrike 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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