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1,000 dead in 3-month fight for Libya's Tripoli

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The UN's World Health Organization says air strikes and ground fighting have left nearly 1,000 people dead and some 5,000 wounded

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported air strike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

May 06, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Khalifa Haftar's message also urges his men that 'in the event of retreat by the enemy, troops should pursue it with speed and force, prevent it from fleeing and wipe it out'

CRISIS. Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, on April 24, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian situation in Libya

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:47 PM

The fighting has killed at least 278 people and wounded more than 1,300

LIBYA CONFLICT. Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord run for cover during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Anti-Haftar forces near Libya capital launch counter-attack

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says its fighters were 'taking control of several new positions on the frontlines in Tripoli'

TAKING CONTROL. Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord gesture on April 18, 2019, after taking control of the area of al-Aziziyah, located some 40 kilometres south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following fierce clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Battle for Tripoli escalates as U.N. prepares to meet

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The violence has already displaced thousands and left several dozen people dead. The UN warns that nearly half a million children in Tripoli are 'at immediate risk.'

BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI. Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of the capital Tripoli on April 9, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libyan strongman under pressure to end Tripoli assault

Apr 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Khalifa Haftar's forces claim responsibility for the air raid on Mitiga airport. It caused no casualties, but left a meter-deep crater on a runway.

STRONGMAN. In this file photo taken on November 29, 2016 Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar, chief of the so-called Libyan National Army, leaves the main building of Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Escalating Libya conflict prompts international alarm

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:15 AM

As fierce clashes erupt in Libya again, the United Nations calls for an urgent two-hour truce to allow evacuations of civilians and the wounded

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed unity government arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata. - Anti-government forces led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday they had been targeted by an air strike about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Tripoli. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP)

Libyan strongman's forces say targeted by air strike

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Pro-government forces in Tripoli confirm they had targeted Khalifa Haftar's men with 'intensive strikes'

HAFTAR'S FORCES. This grab obtained from a video published on the Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army War Information Division's Facebook page on April 3, 2019, allegedly shows military convoys heading towards western Libya and Tripoli, coming from the LNA controlled territory in the east. Photo by LNA War Information Division/AFP

Libya to probe 'slave auction' footage

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The Libyan Government of National Accord says it will investigate allegations that migrants are being sold to North African buyers

Salah Abu-Raguigah (C), Head of the department of African affaires in the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the National Accord Government, delivers a statement to the press in the presense of African ambassadors to Libya on November 19, 2017, in Tripoli. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

Blow to Libya unity government as rival seizes offices

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The head of the former Government of National Salvation proclaims its reinstatement from the offices of a key consultative body of the Government of National Accord

Libya forces seize oil terminals in blow to unity gov't

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Unless there is a very quick mediation this could lead to conflict and a final blow to Libya s oil industry says expert Mattia Toaldo

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 8, 2016 shows smoke billowing from a petroleum storage tank after a fire was extinguished following fighting at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast.  Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar on September 11, 2016 said they had seized the Al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) struggles to assert its authority over the oil-rich country. Haftar's forces took the two terminals -- together capable of handling 700,000 barrels of oil per day -- from installation guards loyal to the GNA. The terminals had been closed for months following attacks in January by the jihadist Islamic State group, who took advantage of turmoil after the 2011 uprising to gain a foothold in the country.   / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Libyan forces push into last ISIS-held areas of Sirte

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:55 PM

About 1 000 pro GNA fighters are taking part in the battle for Sirte says spokesman Reda Issa

Members of the forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) walk toward their position in the coastal city of Sirte, east of the capital Tripoli, prior to their military operation to clear the Islamic State group's (IS) jihadists from the city on August 28, 2016. GNA forces who for more than three months have been pressing an offensive to retake Sirte from IS, pushed into the last areas of the city held by the group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold.     / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

US launches first anti-ISIS air raids in Libya's Sirte

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:40 AM

The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh ISIS organization were carried out today causing heavy losses in Sirte prime minister Fayez al Sarraj says

Confidence vote on hold as Libya unity gov't asserts authority

Apr 19, 2016 - 8:46 AM

A special session of the internationally recognized parliament to be held in the eastern city of Tobruk failed to take place because of big differences

French, German FMs in Libya to back unity government

Apr 16, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The visit comes two days before a crucial vote by the country s recognized parliament on whether to endorse the Government of National Accord