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Eeat Libyan force stops plane in campaign for south

A jet from Khalifa Haftar's east Libyan military forces intercepted a civilian plane on Sunday as part of its push to control the oil-rich south of the riven nation, the faction said. Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with parallel administrations and armed groups carving the nation into swathes of control. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) began an offensive in the south last month to fight militants and take control of oil installations, a...
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Eastern Libyan forces take over El-Sharara oilfield: official

Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar took over the El-Sharara oilfield on Wednesday, an official in the force said. The 315,000-barrels a day oilfield has been closed since December when tribesmen and state security forces seized it to make payment and development demands. Haftar is a dominant figure in the east where his Libyan National Army (LNA) in 2017 seized the second-largest city of Benghazi by expelling Islamist and other fighters.
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Eastern Libyan forces take over El Sharara oilfield

Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar captured the El-Sharara oilfield on Wednesday, officials said, apparently taking over the facility from armed tribesmen and state guards in a challenge to the Tripoli government. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) group, which is based in the east, called oil firm NOC to lift force majeure, a contractual waiver, it had declared when it shut down production at the 315,000-barrels a day oilfield. El Sharara was taken over on Dec. 8 ...
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Four Libya oil ports closed amid corruption allegations

National Oil Corporation calls for sanctions against allies of General Khalifa HaftarLibya’s United Nations-backed National Oil Corporation (NOC) has closed four oil ports held by the military chief Khalifa Haftar, collapsing the country’s hydrocarbons production.The NOC has also written to the UN sanctions committee and foreign embassies with evidence that it says shows Haftar’s allies have for years been offering questionable contracts in breach of UN resolutions, that would lead to millions i...
Tags: Africa, Oil, World news, Commodities, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, National Oil Corporation NOC, National Oil Corporation, NOC, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Khalifa HaftarLibya


Weekly news roundup: Erdogan takes the presidency, Trump scores SCOTUS win and EU leaders discuss migration

Image:  PoliticsErdogan wins sweeping new powers after Turkish election victoryReutersFollowing Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Turkey’s general election, he will enter his second term as president. However, this time around he will rule with greatly expanded executive powers.Travel ban: Trump hails 'tremendous' Supreme Court rulingBBCOn Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld in a 5-4 decision President Trump’s ban on most travelers of largely Muslim nations from entering the United States.Contro...
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Libya urges UN to block oil sales after clashes between rival factions

Move comes after strongman Khalifa Haftar takes control of key Gulf of Sirte oil terminals Libya’s oil industry – the sole reliable source of revenue for the strife-torn country – has been plunged into chaos after its United Nations-recognised government was forced to urge the UN to block any sales from its main oil terminals. The key terminals in the east of the country were captured from local militias last week by the so-called Libyan National Army, headed by strongman Khalifa Haftar. But on ...
Tags: Africa, Oil, World news, Commodities, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, National Oil Corporation NOC, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army, Gulf of Sirte


Libyan general returns to Benghazi after death rumours

Khalifa Haftar orders assault on Islamist-controlled areas after return from Paris hospitalDefying reports of an incapacitating stroke and even his death, the Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar has returned to Libya from hospital in Paris and ordered a fresh military assault on Islamist-controlled areas.Numerous sources has reported that Haftar, 75, had either died or suffered a stroke of such severity that his public career was at an end, prompting speculation that his chief backers, the U...
Tags: France, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, Libya, Benghazi, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, United Arab Emirates Egypt


Libyan military boss Khalifa Haftar severely ill after stroke – reports

But presidential hopeful’s Libyan National Army denies claims as fake news put out by opponents Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan military strongman seen as a potential winner of presidential elections in Libya this year, has reportedly been taken to hospital in Paris following a severe stroke.Khalifa al-Obeidi, a spokesman for Haftar’s Libyan National Army denied the claim as fake news generated by Haftar’s opponents, and his aides pointed to undated photographs of Haftar inspecting troo...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, Libya, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army, Khalifa al Obeidi


Libyan military chief Khalifa Haftar severely ill after stroke – reports

But presidential hopeful’s Libyan National Army dismisses claims as fake news put out by worried opponents Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan military strongman seen as a potential winner of presidential elections in Libya this year, has reportedly been taken to hospital in Paris following a severe stroke.Khalifa al-Obeidi, a spokesman for Haftar’s Libyan National Army, denied the claim as fake news generated by Haftar’s opponents, and his aides pointed to undated photographs of Haftar ins...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, Libya, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army, Khalifa al Obeidi


Libya may not be ready for democracy, says military strongman

Khalifa Haftar claims he has army of 75,000 men and could try to seize power if unhappy with outcome of UN-led electionThe Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has warned that the country may not be ready for democracy even though the UN is planning to hold elections this year.Haftar, a former CIA asset who controls nearly half of Libya from his base in the east of the country, said: “The upcoming elections in the country must bring a solution to the current bloodshed, but if the situation a...
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West courts Libyan general accused of human rights abuses

Ex-CIA asset Khalifa Haftar, due to meet Italian officials in Rome, ordered soldiers to commit war crimes, according to legal expertsEuropean leaders are embracing a Libyan general who has ordered his soldiers to commit war crimes, according to new evidence that has been analysed by senior legal experts.The allegation of human rights abuses by Gen Khalifa Haftar, a former CIA asset who controls nearly half of Libya from his base in the east, comes as the general is due to arrive in Rome on Tuesd...
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General accused of war crimes courted by west in Libya

Ex-CIA asset Khalifa Haftar, due to meet Italian officials in Rome, ordered soldiers to kill prisoners, according to legal expertsEuropean leaders are embracing a Libyan general who has ordered his soldiers to commit war crimes, according to new evidence that has been analysed by senior legal experts.The allegation of human rights abuses by Gen Khalifa Haftar, a former CIA asset who controls nearly half of Libya from his base in the east, comes as the general is due to arrive in Rome on Tuesday,...
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Libyan general Khalifa Haftar accused of human rights abuses

Ex-CIA asset, due to meet Italian officials in Rome, ordered soldiers to commit war crimes, according to legal expertsEuropean leaders are embracing a Libyan general who has ordered his soldiers to commit war crimes, according to new evidence that has been analysed by senior legal experts.The allegation of human rights abuses by Gen Khalifa Haftar, a former CIA asset who controls nearly half of Libya from his base in the east, comes as the general is due to arrive in Rome on Tuesday, where he wi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Rome, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Un, Boris Johnson, Cia, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar


Migrant crisis: Libya strongman Haftar warns Italy over ships

Italian ships in Libyan waters that return migrants will be "repelled", Field Marshal Haftar said.
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Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi 'liberated'

The leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army says the eastern Libyan city has been liberated.
Tags: News, Libya, Benghazi, Haftar, Libyan National Army


Libya: Haftar and Islamic State Fighters Launch Attacks in Libya

[Al Jazeera] Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar and ISIL fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), just hours after unidentified fighter jets raided GNA-held areas.
Tags: News, Isil, Libya, Un, Al Jazeera, Gna, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar


Boris Johnson meets rivals for power in Libya

British foreign secretary makes trip to Tripoli to give personal support to peace process involving Fayez Aal-Serraj and Khalifa HaftarThe British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, flew to Tripoli on Thursday to give his personal support for the fledgling peace process in Libya by meeting the Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Serraj, and his rival Khalifa Haftar.Johnson had planned the trip for some time but, by good fortune, the visit came the day after Serraj had met Haftar in Abu Dhabi where th...
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US accuses Moscow of aiding warlord in battle for Libya oil ports

Pentagon says Russia has intervened to support opponents of the western-backed governmentA fierce battle for control of Libya’s oil ports is raging this weekend as worried American officials claim that Russia is trying to “do a Syria” in the country, supporting the eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar in an attempt to control its main source of wealth.The fighting between Haftar’s forces and militias from western Libya is focused on Sidra, Libya’s biggest oil port, and nearby Ras Lanuf, its key refi...
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Libyan militias capture key oil ports and refinery

Islamist Benghazi defence militia hits Libya’s biggest oil port and biggest refinery in sharp escalation of civil warMilitias have captured a string of key Libyan oil ports in the fight against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, sharply escalating the country’s civil war and throwing international peacemaking efforts into doubt.The Islamist Benghazi militia struck at al-Sidra, Libya’s biggest oil port, and Ras Lanuf, its biggest refinery, overnight on Friday, forcing Haftar’s Libyan National Army...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Libya, Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army, Sidra Libya


EU reaches out to Russia to broker deal with Libyan general Haftar

Diplomats hope for reconciliation between the UN-backed government of national accord and the military commander of Libya’s eastern governmentEuropean diplomats are attempting a last-ditch effort to dissuade Russia from helping the renegade military strongman Khalifa Haftar seize overall military power in Libya. Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government, has sought Moscow’s help to battle Isis, but European diplomats fear that that he could join what has been described as Vlad...
Tags: Isis, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Moscow, Libya, Un, Bashar Al Assad, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libya Haftar


Jihadists lose ground around Libya's second city

Forces loyal to Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar battling jihadists around second city Benghazi said Wednesday they had taken one of the last remaining strongholds of the militants. Haftar's self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) "liberated all of Qanfouda", an area 15 kilometres (nine miles) west of the centre of Benghazi, spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari posted on Facebook. Two other LNA officials confirmed to AFP that Qanfouda, the scene of fierce fighting since June, had fallen from jihad...
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Islamists lose Benghazi district to Haftar's forces

Forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar say they've taken control of the Ganfouda district.
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Libyan Islamists lose Benghazi district to Haftar's forces

Forces say they have taken control of the Ganfouda district after a months-long siege.
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Libyan general Khalifa Haftar meets Russian minister to seek help

Haftar, who previously requested military support from the Kremlin to help fight Islamic militants in Libya, met foreign minister Sergei LavrovKhalifa Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government, has met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and said he was seeking Moscow’s help in his fight against Islamic militants at home. Haftar, on his second visit to Moscow since the summer, requested military support from the Kremlin in September, according to Russian media. It was uncle...
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Libyan commander visits Russia to ask for help fighting Islamists

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday and said he was seeking Moscow's help in his fight against Islamist militants at home. Haftar, on his second visit to Moscow since the summer, requested military support from the Kremlin in September, according to Russian media. "Our relations are crucial, our goal today is to give life to these relations,...
Tags: News, Russia, Moscow, Kremlin, Reuters, Sergey Lavrov, TASS, Maria Tsvetkova, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar


Libya: A Daunting Task Awaits the Next U.S. Administration

The December 7, 2015 political agreement signed by the representatives of the General National Congress in Tripoli (Western Libya) and the House of Representatives in Tobruk (Eastern Libya), along with the cast of other ad hoc political figures and political party representatives, spearheaded by then-UN envoy Bernardino Leon, came to life with much ordeal and international praise. The reached accord, after years of negotiating back and forth, established a nine-member Presidential Council (PC) h...
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Civilians killed by shelling in Libya's Benghazi: hospital official

At least three civilians died and 12 were injured when shells landed in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, a hospital official said. For more than two years, forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar have been fighting Islamists and other opponents in Benghazi, with civilians sometimes caught in the crossfire. Haftar's forces have made significant gains in recent months but have not been able to secure some areas.
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Eastern Libyan Commander's Forces Seize Key Oil Ports

Forces loyal to east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the U.N.-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said its fighters seized control of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Brega, but still faced resistance at the port of Zueitina and around the nearby town of Ajdabiya.
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Libya Back To The Drawing Board

The Battle To Defeat Islamic State In Libya And Rebuild The Country From Scratch By Giacomo Tognini and Khairuldeen Makhzoomi ISIS militants in the city of Sirte. Source: ABC News Five years since Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule came to an end in the heady days of the Arab Spring, what once seemed like the beginning of a bright future for Africa's richest country instead collapsed into chaos. Its leaders are struggling to establish a unity government that can reconcile the country's warring fa...
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Libya's Haftar says won't work with unity govt until militias disbanded

It would be "unthinkable" for eastern Libyan forces to join a U.N.-backed unity government until militias aligned to it have been disbanded, General Khalifa Haftar, who heads up troops in the east, said in an interview broadcast on Friday. A December unity deal was meant to end the divide between rival governments in the capital Tripoli and the east who have vied for control over the country and its oil resources since 2014, backed by competing factions, who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi five year...
Tags: News, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Government of National Accord GNA, Fayaz Seraj