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Libya government planes strike key Haftar airbase

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Libya's government says they destroyed a munitions depot and a military transport aircraft belonging to the camp of eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

Paris says its missiles found on pro-Haftar base in Libya

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

But the French government denies supplying the missiles to rebel commander Khalifa Haftar and breaching a UN arms embargo

ADMISSION. This file photo taken on June 29, 2019 shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord displaying US-made Javelin anti-tank missile and precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyana. Photo by AFP

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

Outcry as dozens killed in air strike on Libya migrant center

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) The strike 'clearly could constitute a war crime,' says UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame

CONDEMNATION. Migrants walk out of a hangar used as a temporary shelter at a migrant detention center used by the Libyan Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli's southern suburb of Tajoura on July 3, 2019, following an air strike on a nearby building that left dozens killed the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/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

Haftar's Libya offensive threatens international peace – EU

May 14, 2019 - 12:17 AM

The EU calls for all sides in the Libyan conflict to put down their arms and to commit to UN talks, though the month-long assault on the capital shows little sign of ending

LIBYA FIGHTING. A fighter loyal to the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stands on a rooftop as smoke rises in the distance during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, in Espiaa, about 40 kilometers south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 29, 2019. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Libya's Haftar forces say warplane downed near Tripoli

May 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Mirage F1 is shot down in the Al-Hira region south of the Tripoli, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army says on its Facebook page

This picture published on the Facebook page of the War Information Division of military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) on May 7, 2019 shows a man, described as the foreign pilot of a Mirage F1 fighter jet that was allegedly shot down by troops loyal to LNA, in custody after being captured in Libya's al-Hira region, 70 kilometres (50 miles) south of the capital, Tripoli Troops loyal to rebel commander Haftar said today they shot down a warplane of rival forces of Libya's internationally recognised unity government near Tripoli and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot. AFP / LNA War Information Division

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. calls for week-long Libya Ramadan truce

May 06, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The United Nations mission in Libya proposes the 'extendable one-week' ceasefire 'during which all parties pledge to halt all forms of military operations' in a statement Sunday, May 5.

RALLY FOR PEACE. Libyans call for an end to fighting during a demonstration against strongman Khalifa Haftar in the capital Tripoli's Martyrs Square on May 3, 2019. AFP Photo

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

Libya unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:28 AM

Six of Khalifa Haftar's officers were also named in the warrant issued by the Libya military's prosecutor general

ARREST WARRANT OUT. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is now sought for arrest by the Libyan government. File photo by Abdullah Doma/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

U.N. chief urges ceasefire to avert 'bloody battle' for Tripoli

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:14 AM

(UPDATED) 'It's still time to stop,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells reporters after briefing the UN Security Council in a closed session

A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires a machine gun during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019.   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

Air strike halts Tripoli flights as thousands flee Libya clashes

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:10 PM

(UPDATED) A security source at Mitiga airport says no side has yet claimed responsibility for the air raid, which hit a runway without causing casualties

CONFLICT. Forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord are pictured at the entrance gate leading to Tripoli's old airport on April 8, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Clashes rage in Libya despite U.N. truce call

Apr 08, 2019 - 8:05 AM

Oil-rich Libya has been riven by chaos since the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, as rival administrations and armed groups battle for power

CLASHES. 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. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/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 rivals agree to hold polls – U.N.

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011

9 dead in suspected ISIS attack in Libya

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:35 PM

11 other people are 'kidnapped' by the extremist group

Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi on May 7, 2018, during which he announced a military offensive to take from "terrorists" the city of Derna, the only part of eastern Libya outside his forces' control. / AFP PHOTO / Abdullah DOMA

Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Khalifa Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, 'has ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli after his escape from the military prison' where he was detained, a statement reads

This undated and unlocated picture released on August 15, 2017 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) shows Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli. Photo by ICC-CPI/AFP

Libyan strongman Haftar announces 'liberation' of Derna

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar promises residents a 'new era of freedom, security and peace'

NEW ERA. Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar attends a military parade in the eastern city of Benghazi on May 7, 2018. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Libya strongman's forces say key oil ports recaptured

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Khalifa Haftar announces the offensive to recapture the terminals after a week of clashes that had damaged vital infrastructure and slashed crude output, the lifeblood of Libya's economy

RAS LANUF. A file photo taken on January 11, 2017 shows a general view of an oil refinery in Libya's northern town of Ras Lanuf. File photo by Abdullah Doma/AFP

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:17 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron says Libya s UN backed Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country have shown historic courage in talks outside Paris

TALKS IN FRANCE. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) and General Khalifa Haftar (L), commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), before talks aimed at easing tensions in Libya, in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, near Paris, on July 25, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting

MEETING SOON. Self-styled Libyan National Army's chief Khalifa Haftar (L) and Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Khalil Mazraawi and Fethi Belaid/Files/AFP

Libya forces 'retake' Benghazi district from jihadists

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

General Khalifa Haftar s troops has retaken the al Gwarcha district of Benghazi which has been marred by unrest since his fighters launched a campaign to drive extremists out of the city earlier this year

Libya unity government formed, UN urges support

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:52 AM

The unity government headed by Fayez al Sarraj comprises 32 ministers the administration announces on its Facebook page

Rockets target Libya airfield used by anti-Islamist general

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Unknown assailants fire 4 rockets at the international airport just outside Labraq from which General Khalifa Haftar s forces launch raids against Islamist positions in the east

Blasts in Libyan capital as mystery jets fly over

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:50 AM

The mystery comes days after new clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee

Libya risks civil war with spike in anarchy

May 19, 2014 - 10:23 PM

With interim authorities failing to build a regular army and police force militias rule the roost

Deadly clashes in Libya as rogue general accused of leading coup

May 18, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Libya s government accused the outlaw retired general Khalifa Haftar and his irregular forces of trying to carry out a coup as they fight to crush militants in the restive eastern city of Benghazi