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    Libyan Civil War (2014-present)

    Post  Aristonicus on Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:41 pm

    Libya’s Deep State Is Back And Wants The World To Know It
    Libyan spies emerge from the shadows to talk about what it’s like to fight a secret war against ISIS. Borzou Daragahi travelled to the Mediterranean island of Malta for a rare meeting with the men who run the feared mukhabarat.

    SLIEMA, Malta — A pudgy, graying middle-aged man in a brown sweater vest sat quietly sipping tea in the hotel lobby. If you noticed him at all, you might have thought he was a businessman, or an engineer, maybe a mid-ranking civil servant. He frowned occasionally as he contemplated the messages on his smartphone.
    He allowed a smile as two men approached. They greeted each other as old friends, exchanging embraces, asking after relatives. One of the men complained a little about the state of business in the region, and warned he might have to head off at some point: “My daughter has a ballet recital.”
    The entourage moved to a darkly lit corner of the hotel, their voices dropping, sometimes to a whisper. They looked up with paranoid glares each time a waiter or hotel guest walked by. The three men knew they could never be too careful.
    The newcomers were retired colleagues; the first, a balding man in his sixties, works for a charity that helps African migrants in Libya; the second, in his late forties, is a real estate developer, dividing his time between the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and Europe.
    But this was no workaday meeting of middle-aged businessmen. The three men are operatives from one of the most feared institutions in the Middle East: Libya’s mukhabarat, or intelligence agency. Formed shortly after the Second World War, the mukhabarat has worked behind the scenes to monitor and manipulate Libya for decades. And they have now joined the war against ISIS, as well as al-Qaeda and loyalists to the former regime of Muammar al-Qaddafi. They have made many, many enemies over the years.
    “Extremists are extremists,” said the man in the sweater vest, a senior ranking official of the agency’s counter-terrorism division. “It doesn’t matter if they’re government militias, ISIS, or Qaddafi loyalists. In my focus, I target them all. Political extremists are all the same. And I want stability.”
    Faced with the rising threat of ISIS, authorities in Tripoli have allowed the country’s dilapidated professional spy service to reassemble. In the last 18 months, the mukhabarat has begun to tighten its grip on security matters across much of the country. It has grown to much of its capacity under Qaddafi and is conducting investigations, running operations, and re-establishing ties with foreign intelligence agencies, including those of the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, France, Malta, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Austria, Serbia, Jordan, and Morocco.
    “The old channels are still there,” said the senior mukhabarat official. “Some embassy types are still in Tripoli. The French, Americans — all have assets in the city. We even give them permits to carry guns and have nondiplomatic license plates. The guys who deal with us are Americans.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/borzoudaragahi/libyas-deep-state-is-back-and-wants-you-to-know-it#.go4mA7Vq4n
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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:35 am

    One of Libya's Governments Says to Step Down

    Libya’s unrecognized Tripoli-based government, one of the two in the country, has announced it was stepping down.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Since 2014, there have been two governments in the country, a self-styled and more influential National Salvation Government in the capital city of Tripoli, and Council of Deputies in the eastern town of Tobruk that won a parliamentary majority at the June 2014 elections and has been recognized by the international community. In December, they agreed to create a Government of National Accord to end the political struggle.

    "We inform you that we are stopping our work as an executive power, as the presidency, members of parliament and ministers of the government," the statement by the Tripoli-based government said, as quoted by the BBC on Tuesday.

    The statement comes almost a week after several members of the Libyan UN-backed Presidential Council, which heads Libya's interim Government of National Accord, arrived in Tripoli.

    Libya split following an Arab Spring protest that led to a civil war in 2011 and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160406/1037547956/libya-government-steps-down.html#ixzz457kDHduY


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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:36 am

    Libya Takes Huge Step Towards Reconciliation With Presidency Council

    The arrival of Libya's Presidency Council in Tripoli on Wednesday is a positive step in the Libyan peace process that promises to form a united government, Libyan journalist Hend Ali al-Honi told Sputnik.

    The arrival of Libya's Presidency Council, the formation of which was brokered by the UN in Morocco in December, is a step towards reconciliation but after years of war and foreign interference Libyans are adopting a wait-and-see attitude to the new government, Libyan journalist Hend Ali al-Honi told Sputnik Arabic on Thursday.

    "It is obvious that international pressure has produced the situation in Libya. The country has been suffering from this complicated conflict and war for years," al-Honi said.

    "We are waiting until a clear image appears. We want to know what their interests are; will their interests serve Libya as one united government and maintain its territorial integrity?"

    Al-Honi said that many Libyans aspire to the unification and reconciliation of Libya, and that the arrival of the Presidency Council is a step in this direction.

    "It is possible that this authority will fail, but it is good for the country; we were afraid of the division of Libya. It is in the interests of Libya to be in harmony with each other and be united."

    "The arrival of the members of the Libya Council won’t cause escalation of the political situation in Libya, because there are many who want conciliation."

    "Many areas in Libya, not only Tripoli, aspire to conciliation and want the best for the country. Besides, many militant groups and militia declared their loyalty to the Libyan army, as happened in the eastern parts of Libya."

    When it comes to Libya, Italy should carefully consider its military plans, as its intervention could make matters worse and turn the already volatile North African nation into complete chaos, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told the Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview.

    The agreement aims to put Libya back on the path of building a democratic State based on the principles of inclusion, human rights and the rule of law, after four years of factional fighting that has killed many Libyans and left nearly 2.4 million in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

    Since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 two rival governments have formed in Tobruk and Tripoli, and many areas of the country are under the control of local administrations and militias who don't answer to any central administration.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160401/1037320120/libya-reconciliation-presidency-council-arrives.html#ixzz457kWUaXf


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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:44 pm

    Tripoli-Based Libya Ministers Ready to Back Presidential Council

    Tripoli Oil Minister Mashallah Zwai said that National Salvation Government is committed to a peaceful solution and civilized transfer of government functions.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – A number of Libyan ministers with the Tripoli-based government met with the UN-backed national unity government and expressed readiness to support its leader, Tripoli Oil Minister Mashallah Zwai told Sputnik on Thursday.

    Interim government Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj arrived in Tripoli with several members of the UN-backed Presidential Council late in March. The self-proclaimed General National Congress (GNC or National Salvation Government) based in the Libyan capital announced on Wednesday it would step down.

    "We are committed to a peaceful solution and civilized transfer of government functions. We did meet the Presidential Council and affirmed our full readiness to cooperate with it and to interact in a positive way after parliament gives its consent," Zwai said.

    GNC Prime Minister Khalifa Ghawi reportedly refused to hand the reigns to the interim government, contradicting the GNC’s announcement and throwing the UN-backed body into disarray.

    The self-proclaimed Tripoli government has been rivaled by the internationally recognized Council of Deputies in the eastern town of Tobruk that won a parliamentary majority at the June 2014 elections.

    In December, the rival sides agreed to create a Government of National Accord to end the political struggle.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160407/1037659502/libya-national-unity.html#ixzz45bkdQI1E


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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  Militarov on Fri May 13, 2016 9:11 am







    DOK-ING MV-4 Mine Clearance System captured from the Islamic State in Benghazi. Its produced by private Croatian company, was used as base for Uran vehicle series in Russia too.

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  JohninMK on Fri May 20, 2016 11:58 am

    UK special forces have recently carried out “black ops” attacks against Daesh stronghold of Sirte, on the Mediterranean coast, using Electronic Warfare to shut down ISIS communication network in Libya.

    The “highly sophisticated” jamming strikes were led by a RAF RC-135W “Airseeker,” one of the three ex-USAF KC-135 tanker converted starting back in 2011 by L-3IS in Greenville, Texas, at a cost of around 650 million GBP (950M USD).

    Indeed, the operators aboard the British Rivet Joint first tuned into the militants preferred frequencies and then used the high-powered transmitters to broadcast interference on the same wavelengths, drowning out the enemy’s conversations on the battlefield.

    Whilst the RC-135 jammed the Daesh frequencies from off the Libyan coasts, aboard HMS Enterprise, a GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters which is the centre for UK’s Signal Intelligence – SIGINT – activities) cyber-warfare team gauged the response to last week’s jamming strike by monitoring exchanges online between IS leaders – who are believed to be in command of up to 6,000 jihadists in Libya.

    A defense source told the Daily Mail that the IS fighters “were very angry and couldn’t understand what had gone wrong. We jammed the frequencies for 40 minutes – long enough to prove the capability, but not so long that IS realized what was happening.”

    The RC-135W is an intelligence gathering plane that usually monitors communications: the aircraft is equipped with all sorts of antennae and sensors, to eavesdrop enemy signals, transmissions, detect frequencies used by radio and radars and pinpoint sites of interest, mobile stations, SAM batteries, etc.

    But, according to the source it also features active EW capabilities and the aircrews “occasionally use jamming strikes to spread confusion among their ranks at vital times.”


    https://theaviationist.com/2016/05/19/the-brand-new-raf-rivet-joint-aircraft-fried-daesh-communications-with-massive-jamming-attack-in-libya/
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  Militarov on Fri May 20, 2016 4:48 pm



    DHC EO-5B 'Special Electronic Mission Aircraft' over Benghazi



    And what seems to be Schiebel Camcopter S-100
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  Militarov on Wed May 25, 2016 11:08 am

    What are claimed to be Delta Force and SOCOM members in Misrata:




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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:22 pm

    US and Greek authorities in a joint operation intercepted a container carrying 26 million prescription opioid painkillers that were destined to be supplied to the Daesh jihadists by sea, Greek media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the Ekathimerini newspaper, the container with Tramadol was discovered by officers of the Greek Financial Crimes Squad’s narcotics unit and agents of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    The container, which, according to the declaration carried towels and tablecloths, had reportedly arrived from India last month and was expected to be delivered to Libya.

    Last February, another container with opioid painkillers ordered by the same Libyan company with alleged ties to Daesh was confiscated in Dubai by the local authorities.

    The Daesh is an extremist group active in Syria, as well Iraq and other regional states, notorious for its human rights atrocities and a number of major terrorist attacks, such as the ones carried out in Paris and Brussels. The group is outlawed in Russia, the United States and many other countries.


    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/world/20160603/1040736303/daesh-painkillers-greek-port.html#ixzz4AWRLK0TV
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:16 am

    Libya Dawn operated 9P157-2 'Khrizantema-S' in action against the Islamic State in Sirte

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1956553.html


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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  sheytanelkebir on Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:14 pm

    it seems that the libyan forces have finally come round and attacked Daesh's sirte enclave before the beast could grow too much.

    abu baker al baghdadi seems to be losing yet another of his "colonies" in a widespread implosion of the group.



    Yet I think daesh will have a few surprises within the GCC nations and turkey in the near future.
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:47 pm

    Czech Republic reports mystery aircraft transfer to the UAE

    Seven combat aircraft were transferred from the Czech Republic to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2015, according to recently released information that Prague submitted to the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) on its major conventional arms exports for that year.

    The Czech submission to the UNODA did not identify the aircraft and the UAE's military is not known to have taken into service any combat aircraft that were either used or made in the Czech Republic.

    The Army of the Czech Republic's website noted that the size of its Mi-24/35 attack helicopter fleet dropped by seven helicopters from 2013-14, and the UAE is suspected of buying the same types and transferring them to its allies in Libya in violation of the UN arms embargo on the North African country.
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    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:09 am

    French forces die in helicopter crash

    The soldiers were killed while carrying out "dangerous intelligence operations", Mr Hollande said. Libya's UN-backed government responded by saying that their presence was a "violation" of the nation's sovereignty.

    It said in a statement that it was "displeased with the French government's announcement".Earlier on Wednesday, French defence ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed for the first time that its special forces were in Libya.

    On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter. The attack on Sunday happened near the city of Benghazi, and left no survivors, AP reported.

    Libya has fragmented since the 2011 uprising when Col Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from office with the help of Nato air strikes.
    It now has rival administrations, backed by various militias and brigades spawned by the revolution - and the chaos has allowed fighters from so-called Islamic State (IS) to gain a foothold.

    Chopper was a lybian Mi-17.

    However, the next day, FrAF went on an alleged retaliation strike ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/middle_east/libya-unity-government-denounces-french-military-involvement/2016/07/21/80253bf6-4f3c-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html)
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  starman on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:22 pm

    I hear Hifter has made some important gains in the east lately. Not sure what kind of government Libya would have if he were to win completely.
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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:24 pm

    Well it seems that the British finally decided to tell the truth, well as much as they can...

    http://www.salon.com/2016/09/16/u-k-parliament-report-details-how-natos-2011-war-in-libya-was-based-on-lies/

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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:53 pm

    Moscow sees no alternative to Skhirat Agreement for peace plan in Libya

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    http://tass.com/politics/901800?_ga=1.68416721.1337049799.1447427261


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    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:18 am

    Libyan Military Kill 80 Daesh Militants in City of Sirte

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/africa/201610031045952365-libya-sirte-daesh/


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    Post  airstrike on Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:31 am

    Video: Libyan Air Force carrying out airstrikes with ex-Egyptian Mig-21 jets

    http://defense-watch.com/2016/12/25/video-libyan-air-force-carrying-airstrikes-ex-egyptian-mig-21-jets/

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    Post  par far on Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:05 pm

    At the end of this video, the spokesperson say "The recent talks with Libyan military leaders aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov suggest that Syria is not going to be the last battlefield for Russian PMCs".

    Does this mean Russia is going to be involved in Libya, indirectly or directly.


    https://southfront.org/russian-mercenaries-in-syria-and-around-the-world/



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    Post  Pyrrus on Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:27 pm

    par far wrote:At the end of this video, the spokesperson say "The recent talks with Libyan military leaders aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov suggest that Syria is not going to be the last battlefield for Russian PMCs".

    Does this mean Russia is going to be involved in Libya, indirectly or directly.


    https://southfront.org/russian-mercenaries-in-syria-and-around-the-world/



    the author of the article means Russian private military companies' members only. Saying Russia itself would be too far imho
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    Post  calm on Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:11 am

    Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-libya-exclusive-idUSKBN16K2RY?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

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    Post  par far on Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:42 pm

    I wonder what will Russia do in Libya(we don't know for sure if they are in Egypt to fight in Libya, only Zionists are claiming this and we know not to trust the Zionists.)

    If Russia is setting up a base in Egypt than it is a good sign because they can keep an eye out for what is happening in that area.

    I don't think that Russia will start any air campaign in Libya, like they did Syria, with out any strong allies and a leader that has strong backing and has a large following because I do not think that Russia will walk into a mess.

    I don't think that Russia will commit any ground troops because of the obvious reasons and challenges, Russia might commit a small group of Special Forces to train a number of friendly forces in Libya.

    It will be interesting to see what Russia does in Libya but I do not think they do anything major.



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    Post  medo on Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:52 pm



    It looks like general Haftar got present from Russia after visit on Kuz carrier. The best option for Libyan army fighting terrorist would be MiG-27 upgraded with SVP-24 for precise attacks from high altitude. It is also compatible with using TV and laser guided bombs and missiles and Libya have enough MiG-23BN pilots to fly them.
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    Post  medo on Sat May 06, 2017 5:45 pm



    General Haftar receive another present from Russia. It looks like MiG-23UB.
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    Re: Libyan Civil War (2014–present)

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat May 06, 2017 7:16 pm

    I am generally curious as to how many of the MiG-23's that are sitting in a field, wasting away, could technically be brought back into service through basic maintenance? I imagine that a lot of them could be gutted for working parts, used on a plane that has other working parts, and get one capable of working.

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