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    Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:20 pm

    Clashes Among Pro-Government Forces, Ex-Rebels Continue in Libya

    DUBAI, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – Clashes between pro-government forces and former rebel groups, as well as Islamic extremists, resumed in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday despite international calls for a ceasefire, Sky News Arabia reported.

    Unidentified fighter jets shelled residential areas of the city on Monday. No casualties or damages have been reported. None of the sides have claimed responsibility for the raid.

    The country's security services suggested that the month-long shelling, coming from Misratah and Zintan, could be aimed at suppressing new firing points.

    Libya has been in the midst of political turmoil since 2011 following the overthrow of country’s long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi. Clashes among a large number of armed groups are ongoing in the country, taking over whole districts. The militants possess a significant arsenal of weapons, including heavy artillerythat was seized from government forces during the 2011 uprising.

    Since mid-July, violent clashes have claimed 102 lives, with 452 people injured in Libya’s capital Tripoli. At the same period of time, 77 people were killed and 289 injured in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:20 pm

    US, European Allies Discuss Escalation of Violence in Libya – Reports

    MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – The United States in a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy and Britain has condemned the escalation of combat actions and violence in Libya and called for a democratic transition in the conflict-torn country, Agence France-Presse reported.

    In the statement released late Monday, the sides stressed that “outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition.” The agency also said that high-ranking US officials confirmed the United Arab Emirates had dropped bombs on Islamist rebels in Tripoli, aiming to regain control of the airport in the capital.

    On Monday, airstrikes, targeting the positions of armed Islamist factions that seized and destroyed the airport in Tripoli last weekend continued. According to witnesses, the main building of the airport, adjacent buildings, as well as dozens of civilian planes on the territory have been completely destroyed.

    Libya is currently facing its worst wave of violence since the 2011 overthrow of the country’s long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil war. Clashes between government forces and Islamist - allied militias, armed with weapons, seized from Gaddafi government ammunition depots, have been ongoing in the country for months. Many countries are evacuating their citizens and diplomatic staff from the country.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier on Monday that the current political chaos in Libya is triggered by the attempts of the United States and its NATO allies to "forcefully democratize the country."

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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:41 pm

    At Least 150,000 Flee Libya, Ceasefire Talks Unsuccessful - UN Libya Envoy

    UNITED NATIONS, August 28 (RIA Novosti) - A record number of Libyans are leaving the country amid new airstrikes, outgoing UN Libya envoy, Tarek Mitri, told the UN Security Council Wednesday.

    “In Tripoli, we have seen an unprecedented movement of population in an attempt to escape the fighting,” Mitri said.

    “The damage inflict on the public institutions in Tripoli's southern and western sections - including the airport, the main oil depot, roads and bridges - is nothing less than tragic,” he added.

    Despite the destruction of the airport, many are leaving the Tripoli airport and the country as a whole.

    “Conservative figures for those displaced are estimated at over 100,000, with at least another 150,000 having sought refuge abroad, including migrant workers, who also fled the country,” Mitri said.

    The UN Support Mission in Libya has pulled out its international staff, including Mitri, who is to be replaced as UN envoy by Bernardino Leon of Spain on September 1.

    On August 7, a small team led by Mitri's deputy traveled to Tripoli to explore options for an unconditional ceasefire.

    "While all engaged constructively with our proposals, it is clear that more work is needed to overcome mistrust between the parties to the conflict,” he said.

    Libya is currently facing its worst wave of violence since the 2011 overthrow of the country’s long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil war. Clashes between government forces and Islamist-allied militias, armed with weapons, seized from Gaddafi government ammunition depots, have continued in the country for months. Many countries are evacuating their citizens and diplomatic staff from the country.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:35 pm

    At Least 10 Killed, 25 Injured in Fresh Violence in Libya’s Benghazi - Agency

    MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – The forces of the former general Khalifa Haftar and Islamist fighters clashed in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, on Saturday, leaving at least 10 people dead and 25 injured, Reuters reports citing medical and military sources.

    Islamist militants, including Ansar al-Sharia, considered a terrorist organization by the US, shelled the area around the Benina airport to the east of Benghazi in an attempt to seize it from the Haftar forces.

    On Friday, Islamists from Ansar al-Sharia said they downed a plane belonging to Haftar’s fighters in the city of al-Bayda located in eastern Libya. However, the spokesman for the general denied the reports saying the aircraft crashed due to technical glitch, according to AFP.

    On Thursday, Abdullah al-Thinni stepped down as the country’s prime minister so that the new government could be formed following June elections. Currently, there are two rivaling parliaments in Libya - the newly elected House of Representatives, located in Tobruk, and the General National Congress (GNC) controlled by Islamists in Tripoli.

    The House of Representatives backs al-Thinni. For its part, GNC has appointed Omar al-Hassi prime minister of Libya and tasked him with forming new government, according to al-Jazeera.

    On Wednesday, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2174 condemning the ongoing fighting by armed groups and the incitement to violence in Libya and in particular around Tripoli and Benghazi. It also expressed deep concern over the threat fresh violence poses to stability and democratic transition of the conflict-torn country.

    Libya plunged into turmoil following the overthrow of the country’s long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has been ravaged by civil war ever since rivaling militias and armed forces have been fighting for power as well as control over Libya’s oil resources.

    Clashes between government forces and Islamist-allied militias armed with weapons seized from Gaddafi government ammunition depots have been escalating in the country for months. Many countries, including the US, Britain, Germany and France among others, have evacuated their diplomatic staff from Libya.

    Earlier on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the current political chaos in Libya is triggered by the attempts of the United States and its NATO allies to “forcefully democratize the country”.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:10 am

    Bombs Hit Sole Civilian Airport in Libyan Capital

    TRIPOLI, Libya — A fighter plane bombed the air base that was the last airport here in the Libyan capital on Monday in the latest escalation of a struggle for power that is threatening to tear apart the country.

    Commanders linked to the eastern city of Tobruk said they had ordered the strikes because the airport and the capital had fallen under the control of criminals and extremists. All air traffic was redirected to the coastal city Misurata, and the Tobruk commanders threatened to strike its airport next.

    Three years after the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, renewed fighting has already destroyed Libya’s two main airports, here in Tripoli and in Benghazi, the second-largest city. Thousands have been killed or displaced as the country has descended into a prolonged conflict between two rival coalitions of cities, tribes, militias, political factions and regional sponsors.

    The coalition that conducted the strike, known as Operation Dignity based in Tobruk, includes a portion of the recently elected Parliament meeting there; fighters from eastern tribes and the western city of Zintan; militias of former Qaddafi soldiers; and military units under the control of a former Qaddafi general, Khalifa Hifter. He announced his own coup this year but is now aligned with the Tobruk Parliament.

    Operation Dignity says it is fighting to prevent a takeover by Islamist extremists, and some of its officers now refer to their rivals as Daesh — an Arabic acronym for the group called the Islamic State. Operation Dignity has the backing of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which see the strife in Libya as a proxy war over the future of political Islam in the region.

    The opposing coalition, Libya Dawn, includes the powerful militia from the commercial city of Misurata as well as both moderate and extremist Islamist groups. It controls Tripoli, where it has reconvened a rump legislature whose mandate had expired. The coalition says it is fighting to block an authoritarian counterrevolution by remnants of the Qaddafi military and elite, and it is backed by the government of Qatar. The Libya Dawn coalition’s leaders say they draw legitimacy from a recent decision by the Tripoli-based Supreme Court annulling the election of the rival Parliament in Tobruk. (The Tobruk leaders assert that Libya Dawn fighters intimidated the judges.)

    The airstrikes in Tripoli on Monday hit the Mitiga air base, once operated by the United States before Colonel Qaddafi took power in 1969. It has served as the capital’s only civilian airport since fighting over the summer destroyed Tripoli International Airport.

    Hashim Beshr, a militia leader who previously led a failed attempt to build a national police force, said in a telephone interview that he had witnessed the attack. A Russian-made MIG jet dropped two bombs apparently in an attempt to hit a main runway, he said, but they landed closer to the wall of the air base. Nearby houses were damaged, and at least two civilians were killed, he said.
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    There were reports that the airport had reopened by Monday night, but it was unclear if it would stay open.

    The strike comes as the Operation Dignity forces appear to be regaining ground.

    Two months ago, the coalition was driven from here, Benghazi and much of the populous coastal region. But its forces are now fighting its opponents inside Benghazi, and in recent days allied fighters based in Zintan have taken control of the western town of Kikla as well.

    One reason for the recent advances may be that Operation Dignity has a monopoly on air power — mainly in the form of air force jets from the Qaddafi era that it has managed to keep airworthy. Reportedly relying on help from Egypt, its jets have been trying to bomb opponents in Benghazi since last spring, and they have recently begun hitting targets in western Libya as well. Warplanes from the United Arab Emirates flying out of bases in Egypt have also conducted at least two strikes against Libya Dawn forces here.

    In an interview after the strikes Monday night, Soqr Joroshi, the leader of the Tobruk faction’s air force, said his side had warned Libya Dawn to close its airports and seaports here and in Misurata and Zwara.

    “We warned the people two days ago not to use those airports, so no innocent people get caught up in our airstrikes,” he said. “We are moving the fight to the western region,” he added, saying that the strike had aimed for runways, weapons depots and recently repaired jets he suggested Libya Dawn had sought to use. “Victory is near.”

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:09 pm

    Benghazi Death Toll Rises as Haftar Offensive Continues

    Libyan government forces, led by former general Haftar, have clashed with Islamists in Libya’s second largest city.

    The eastern Libyan city of Derna residents are terrorized by the Islamic Youth Shura Council extremist group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Above: A man with an armed group of Libyan people holds a weapon to defend their local area from Islamic.

    MOSCOW, November 30 (Sputnik) – Medics in the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi have told Reuters that 400 people have been killed there in the last six weeks, as heavy conflict continues between pro-government forces led by former general Khalifa Haftar, and Islamist groups.

    "The death toll has risen to 400," a source at a Benghazi hospital told Reuters, an estimate confirmed by officials at other hospitals.

    A spokesman for Haftar told Reuters that his forces have surrounded Islamists in Benghazi’s commercial port area, and that “all types of weapons, including aircraft supporting the infantry, are being used to deal with them.”

    The Middle East Eye reported on Saturday that general Haftar has said taking Benghazi was “a priority”, and that he had given his forces a deadline of December 15 to capture the city from Islamists. “The Ansar al-Sharia is battle-hardened, that takes more work, even though we control 80 percent of the city and we are pushing forward,” he said on Friday.

    He also committed to an assault on Tripoli, which has been occupied since August by the alliance known as Libya Dawn. "I have given myself three months, but maybe we will need less. The Islamists of Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) are not difficult to fight, no more so than the Islamic State at Derna." The MEE reports the general told an Italian newspaper that the Tripoli operation was “only at the beginning,” and that “we need more men and more supplies and weaponry.”

    On Tuesday, the Tobruk-based Libyan government, which has formed an alliance with Haftar, announced the aerial bombardment of Mitiga International Airport, in Tripoli, by the Libyan Air Force. In a statement quoted by Middle East Monitor, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thani said, "What the Libyan government has done is part of its responsibility to protect the civilian population."

    The airport is being used by the Libya Dawn alliance, which has formed a government in Tripoli called the General National Congress, a rival to the internationally recognized Al-Thani administration.

    Haftar militias joined forces last month with the Libyan government in Tobruk, which endorsed the general’s military offensives, named Operation Dignity. "Operation Dignity is leading officers and soldiers of the Libyan army… Operation Dignity is an operation of the Libyan army," a Libyan House of Representatives spokesman told Reuters in October.

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:46 am

    UK, US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain Laud Renewed Dialogue on Libya

    Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly urge the parties to engage seriously in the resolution of the Libyan crisis.

    WASHINGTON, January 11 (Sputnik) — Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States have welcomed the upcoming round of talks on the Libyan crisis, due to take place in the Swiss capital of Geneva next week, a joint statement published by the US Department of State said.

    "We strongly urge the parties to engage seriously in this process to avert a further deterioration in the humanitarian crisis suffered by ordinary Libyans as a result of the ongoing conflict, and to prevent the further erosion of Libya's sovereignty and security," the statement said.

    The countries praised the "extraordinary efforts" of UN Special Representative for Libya Bernardino Leon, who earlier proposed that warring parties in Libya "freeze" the ongoing military conflict and get back on track toward a political dialogue.

    The talks will be aimed at reaching an agreement on how to manage the country during the transitional period and form a unity government that enjoys wide support, with the end goal of creating a stable environment in Libya.

    Libya has been gripped by violence since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. The internal political crisis has resulted in a two-government system, with the Islamist-backed, self-proclaimed government of Omar Hassi, contesting the leadership of Abdullah Thani's internationally recognized government. In addition, government forces are fighting with numerous armed rebel groups.

    On Saturday, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it would host a meeting between Libya's warring factions next week that will also touch on security arrangements to stop armed hostilities in the country.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:50 am

    Libyan PM Reportedly Main Target of Deadly IS Hotel Attack

    Islamic State (IS) extremists have claimed responsibility for the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the SITE Intelligence Group said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW, January 27 (Sputnik) — Several gunmen broke into a luxury hotel in the Libyan city of Tripoli after detonating a car bomb outside the building.

    Latest reports suggest that the attackers have blown themselves up inside the hotel.According to local media, Prime Minister Hassi was the main target of the attack on the Corinthia.

    The reported number of casualties range from three to eight, and many more have been reportedly wounded.

    It was earlier stated that Islamic State militants were holding 12 foreign diplomats hostage at the hotel, which is popular with local and foreign officials as well as journalists.

    "They ascended to the 21st floor, which houses foreign diplomats and representatives from foreign companies," the source said, adding that the attackers had "taken 12 foreigners hostage,"

    According to SITE, IS fighters dubbed the operation "Battle of Abu Anas al-Libi". Abu Anas Libi was an alleged al-Qaeda member suspected in the bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. He was captured by US forces in Tripoli in October 2013 and died in a US hospital earlier in January.

    Eyetwitnesses report gunmen are holed up in the 20th floor of the Corinthia Hotel, have taken at least five hostages. According to local TV channel al-Nabaa, "senior officials" are inside the hotel. Reuters reports citin a security source that Prime Minister of the Tripoli Government Omar Hassi was also in the Corinthia hotel during the attack.


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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:24 pm

    HRW Slams Libyan Authorities for Attacks on Journalists

    According to Human Rights Watch report, Libyan authorities are failing to protect local journalists from rampant armed groups.
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    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) – Libyan authorities are failing to protect local journalists from rampant armed groups, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report issued Monday.

    “Government authorities and non-state actors who control territory should urgently condemn attacks on journalists and where possible hold those responsible to account,” Joe Stork, HRW deputy director for Middle East and North Africa was quoted as saying in a statement published on the organization’s website.

    The report titled "War on Media: Journalists under Attack in Libya" documented at least 91 cases of journalists being threatened and assaulted between September 2012 and November 2014. Among them, eight were killed in attacks by armed groups while another 30 were kidnapped or detained, mostly by militias.

    HRW also recorded 26 armed attacks against television and radio stations during the same period.

    In August 2014, militias attacked the Alassema TV headquarters in the capital Tripoli, while in May, prominent journalist Miftah Bouzeid was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in the second largest city Benghazi.

    Since 2011, there has not been a single case in which officials prosecuted those responsible for attacking journalists or media outlets, the report said.

    After the 2011 revolution that saw Muammar Gaddafi lose power, journalists in Libya began to report news in a more free environment and were free to express opinions and criticize politicians, according to the rights group.

    However, as post-civil war hostilities intensified in May 2014, militiamen, facing near immunity from prosecution, started targeting journalists, HRW reported. Many media workers have fled the country, fearing for their lives.

    Meanwhile, Libya continues to be hit by violence as two governments claim legitimacy and various armed groups attempt to take control of the country.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20150209/1017997547.html#ixzz3RG2cHZqQ

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    Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts

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    Egyptian, Libyan airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya after terrorists behead 21 Copts

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:54 pm

    Libya may suspend oil extraction due to military conflict

    The output has fallen from 3.5 million barrels daily in February, 2011 to 350,000 barrels a day in January, 2015

    MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Libya's National Oil Corporation can suspend oil extraction at all its deposits due to an armed conflict, says a statement of the company.

    The company has trouble ensuring the safety of its employees, and fears the technical staff might leave the extraction sites due to danger of repeated armed attacks. The company called the country's Defense Ministry to provide the necessary means for protection of oil extraction sites.

    Libya, a member of OPEC, has the largest hydrocarbon deposits in Africa. The daily output before the start of the armed conflict in 2011 stood at 1.6 million barrels a day. In 2014, a little over 430,000 barrels was extracted daily. In January, 2015, the output fell to 350,000 barrels a day.

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:52 pm

    UN Mission Seeks to Revive Faltering Talks Between Libyan Rivals

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya is shuttling between Libya's rival governments to bring them to the negotiating table this week, in a bid to safeguard the country's unity and ability to fight terrorism.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – In a statement published Wednesday on the UNSMIL website, the mission said it is "undertaking a series of urgent consultations with the parties to ensure the convening of the next round of UN-facilitated Libya talks soon."

    This comes after the Libyan parliament on Monday suspended its participation in the talks, scheduled to take place in Morocco this week.

    The parliament has its seat in eastern Libya, same as the internationally-recognized government, while a rival political group is holding the Libyan capital of Tripoli in the west.

    Some lawmakers in the east have blamed their rivals in the west of having links to Islamist militants, who bombed last Friday the eastern town of Qubbah, killing 45 people.

    The UN mission has appealed on the rival conflicting parties "not to allow this window of opportunity to slip away" and renew their commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis.

    It also stressed that the rival parties should work together to end terrorism in this North African country, urging the opponents to reach an agreement on a "strong and independent" unity government.

    Libya is currently facing the worst wave of violence since the beginning of the 2011 civil war and the ouster of the country's long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed following a NATO intervention.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150225/1018757604.html#ixzz3Sqoz2daL

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:32 pm

    West Should Take Responsibility for Chaos in Libya – Prime Minister

    Libyan prime minister says that the West must take complete responsibility for the current political chaos in the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The West must take complete responsibility for the current political chaos in Libya, the country's prime minister said Wednesday.

    "Western countries should take full responsibility for the chaos that Libya is facing," Abdullah Thani said during the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    The Libyan Prime Minister underscored that "Western states have overthrown the former regime, destroyed the capacity of the Libyan army completely and left the people in Libya without effective government institutions."

    Thani urged Russia to support the restoration of the Libyan government institutions and security in the country, including through the efforts of the international organizations, "whose ultimate goal should be lifting arms embargo to the Libyan army."

    Libya has been struggling with unrest in the country since long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

    There are now two rival governments in the country, with the self-proclaimed authorities controlling the Libyan capital of Tripoli and adjacent western areas. The forces of the internationally recognized government are fighting numerous rebel groups, including Islamic State-affiliated militants.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150415/1020944954.html#ixzz3XTFaiZNw

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Sat May 30, 2015 4:22 am

    Libya looks to Russia for arms

    Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has confirmed the widely held belief among Libyans that Turkey and Qatar are the main supporters of the militias in control of Tripoli since August, after overrunning the capital in a bloody 40-day war, and opposed to his internationally recognized government.

    Disillusioned with the West, the Libya government is exploring opportunities in Russia and says it is willing to accept limited participation by Islamists that agree to play by the rules.

    In an April 15 TV interview with RT's Arabic channel during his first visit to Moscow, Thinni said, “[C]ountries are trying to impose fanatical Islamic political views on the Libyan people.” He added, however, “Libyans do not want Islamists to dominate government,” but “welcome their participation” in the political process as long as they play by the rules. Thinni then went further, charging Qatar and Turkey with being the main weapons suppliers of the Islamist-backed militias running the Tripoli-based rebel government.

    Many Libyan officials, including the army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Khalifa Hifter, as early as last June accused Ankara of arming and politically supporting the Tripoli-based militias while Doha took care of finances. Thinni also accused the West of turning its back on Libya after helping destroy it when NATO intervened in the 2011 civil war, which led to the fall of the Moammar Gadhafi regime in October that year. He said that Libyans are “disappointed by those who supported us in the beginning and let us down when we most need their help.”​

    France, the United Kingdom and the United States, among other countries, have so far refused to allow the UN Security Council to lift the arms embargo imposed on Libya in Resolution 1970, passed on Feb. 26, 2011. The Tobruk-based government has repeatedly asked the United Nations to lift the embargo so it can rearm its struggling military to try to counter the increasingly more powerful Islamists, particularly in Benghazi (in the east), Sirte (in the middle of the country) and Tripoli. Jordan, currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council, along with Egypt, sponsored a draft resolution to this end, but the idea was struck down by the major powers, including the United States, arguing that the UN-sponsored mediation led by Bernardino Leon is approaching a turning point, and the two sides in Libya should therefore refrain from activities that might jeopardize the talks currently underway in Skhirat, Morocco. According to Leon, both sides have agreed to a draft agreement he described as “something that the parties can agree [on].”

    In lashing out in Russia, Libya’s prime minister accused Western states of being “contradictory” in their approach to the Libyan conflict, engaging in a double standard. While they accept him and his government as Libya's legitimate representatives, they deny his administration the kind of help it needs to exercise full sovereignty and counter the increasing spread of terror organizations in Libya. In an unexpected turn, it appears that US President Barack Obama is now concerned about the role some Gulf states are playing in Libya, echoing Thinni's assessment. On April 17 Obama told the media: “In some cases, you've seen them fan the flames of military conflict, rather than try to reduce them.”

    Thinni's RT appearance was the first time he had spoken out by singling out certain countries that played a central role in bringing down the Gadhafi regime, ultimately handing the country over to their own enemies, namely, extremist Islamists. NATO's eight-month air campaign destroyed much of the Libyan army, and its rebuilding is what took Thinni to Russia in search of arms and training. Moscow has so many problems on its doorstep, however, it cannot offer much assistance unless the embargo is lifted.

    Thinni also traveled to Moscow in an attempt to soothe ties with Russia, which have been strained since 2011, when Russia was accused of supporting the Gadhafi regime in the civil war. Indeed, Russia did not support UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized the use of force against Libya at the time. Furthermore, in December 2011 President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of involvement in the killing of Gadhafi.

    The Libyan army had been equipped with Russian-made weaponry in the past, and as Thinni noted, tens of thousands of Libyan officers trained at Soviet military academies in the 1970s and 1980s. After Libya was welcomed back into the international community, the Gadhafi regime signed large military and energy sector contracts with Moscow. On his visit, Thinni sought to reactivate contracts concluded during a 2008 visit by Gadhafi to Moscow that some described as a “shopping trip.” Contracts signed then included one to build a railroad from Sirte to Benghazi and major investments in energy and infrastructure.

    If Moscow decides to respond to the Libyan cry for help, it will first need to go back to the UN Security Council to pass a resolution suspending the arms embargo or completely lifting it, both of which are unlikely to happen any time soon, unless the talks in Morocco reach a conclusive agreement, another unlikely possibility despite Leon’s optimism.

    Until then, Thinni must make do with what is available to his government without expecting much from the international community.

    Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/04/libya-us-uk-france-russia-uneast-west-armament-deal-morocco.html#ixzz3baI9MLCd

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:31 pm

    Islamic State Captures Another Town in Libya

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  flamming_python on Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:26 pm

    It seems that ISIS and affiliated forces are gaining on every front; Libya, Iraqi-Syrian, Afghan, etc...

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  max steel on Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:47 pm

    Lebanese army captured crashed Israeli drone


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    Post  Fred333 on Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:33 pm

    flamming_python wrote:It seems that ISIS and affiliated forces are gaining on every front; Libya, Iraqi-Syrian, Afghan, etc...

    And will continue to do so as long as the west continues its ridiculous belief in "moderates". Come on, if they are willing to cooperate with Al-Qaeda to get rid of Assad alarm bells should be ringing. First cleanse the ME of all non-Sunnis and then it will be a struggle between ISIS and all other Sunni Islamists.

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  medo on Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:06 pm

    max steel wrote: Lebanese army captured crashed Israeli drone


    This Tripoli is in Lebanon, not the one in Libya.

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  Book. on Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:22 pm

    Libya test Italy 6x6 2k12E




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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:13 am

    Libyan Army Could Crush Islamic State by End of Year If Arms Embargo Lifted

    Libyan Information Minister said that Libyan Armed Forces could eradicate the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group by the end of 2015.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – Libyan Armed Forces could eradicate the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group by the end of 2015 if the UN Security Council lifts its arms embargo against the country, Libyan Information Minister Omar Qweri told Sputnik Arabic.

    “The ISIL positions have been identified and the militants have been surrounded. The Libyan Army is ready, one only needs to lift the embargo. If that happens, it can solve the ISIL problem before the end of the year,” Qweri said in an interview.

    Asked to assess Arab military intervention in Libya, the information minister said “we would have asked for it if we had wanted intervention.”

    “Perhaps, we could allow Egypt to intervene, but not all the Arab countries,” Qweri told Sputnik.

    In May, the UN Security Council refused to lift its four-year arms embargo after Libya again urged the organization to give it means to deal with ISIL militants.

    Libya has been torn by a power struggle between two rival governments and numerous rebel groups since a NATO invasion toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In early 2015, the ISIL militant group took advantage of a security vacuum in Libya and gained a foothold there.

    The West is interested in keeping Libya volatile, while Russia’s approach toward the Libyan crisis is “wiser” and "more mature,” Libyan Information Minister said.

    “The West supports chaos, rather than the General National Congress [in Tripoli]. Their strategy can be described as ‘acceptable violence,’ while Russia’s stance and Russian-Arab relations over the past 70 years have been wise and mature,” Qweri said in an interview.

    Qweri noted that when the United Nations and the Arab League planned the invasion, Russia insisted that Qaddafi should be deposed by Libyans or Arabs, not NATO forces.

    Libya has been split up between numerous rival forces since the start of the 2011 civil war and the UN-backed Western invasion to oust long-standing Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi.

    At present, two de-facto governments are competing for power in the country. The internationally recognized Council of Deputies has its seat in the northern port city of Tobruk, while their rivals in the largest Libyan city of Tripoli have the support of a broad Islamist coalition called Libyan Dawn.

    Tobruk government’s Prime Minister Abdullah Thani, who was in Moscow last April, bashed the NATO invasion for stripping the nation of effective government institutions.

    According to Libyan Information Minister, Libya is considering the purchase of Kalashnikov semi-automatic rifles from Russia.

    “I visited a Kalashnikov factory where I received offers and information on prices. I submitted this information to [Libyan Army General] Khalifa Haftar and we are forming a delegation to study this issue,” Qweri said in an interview.

    He added that the Russian side welcomed Libya’s interest in its arms deliveries.

    During Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Thani’s visit to Moscow last April, Russia said it was ready to renew military contracts signed with late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi if the UN permits.

    Libya has been under a UN arms embargo for four years. In May, the UN Security Council again refused to lift arms restrictions after Libya insisted it needed weapons to roll back the Islamic State (IS) insurgency.

    The North African country has been struggling with unrest since Gaddafi was overthrown in a 2011 invasion by NATO forces.

    Any foreign military bases on Libyan soil are absolutely ruled out said.

    “This is totally unacceptable,” Qweri said. “Libyans have a proud Bedouin world understanding, and their sovereignty is the ‘red line’ they will not allow to be crossed. No American soldier will ever settle in our land… or else there will be a war.”

    Libya has been engulfed in violence since the 2011 overthrow of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi during an intervention by NATO forces.

    Currently there are two rival governments in Libya, one based in Tobruk and the other in Tripoli. The forces of the internationally-recognized Libyan government in Tobruk are fighting numerous rebel groups, including Islamic State-affiliated militants.

    Russia has been busy building trust with the internationally recognized Libyan authorities. Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Thani traveled to Moscow last April to discuss the revival of some Gaddafi-era contracts with the Kremlin.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150727/1025083773.html#ixzz3h4qsSyvr


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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:54 am

    Libya Peace Talks Underway While Thousands Flee the Lawless State

    The consequences of the Arab Spring and the uprising of Islamic State along with the overthrow of Libya’s leader Colonel Gaddafi are ricocheting across the world and landing on Europe’s doorstep - where key peace talks aimed at stabilizing Libya are taking place in Geneva.

    Stories emerge with chilling frequency about the number of migrants that need rescuing from Mediterranean waters – with many drowning in the process. More than 2,000 people are believed to have died so far this year making the deadly journey on unseaworthy boats.



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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:58 am

    Libya Calls for Airstrikes to Save Country from Islamic State


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    Post  d_taddei2 on Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:47 pm

    looks like Libya are improvising using Sa-3 as surface to surface missles.

    https://www.bellingcat.com/news/africa/2015/04/25/libya-dawn-going-diy-s-125-sams-used-as-surface-to-surface-missiles/

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  Militarov on Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:16 pm

    "The militias of Misrata have signed a joint declaration, announcing support for the unity government"



    Ill just say: "Dear lord".


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