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Kobler tells UN Security Council Hafter has a role

Khalifa Hafter must have a role in the unified Libyan army, UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler said today in New York. “I have always said that General Hafter must have a role … and I would like to sit together with him and discuss it” Kobler told a press conference after …

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Libyan rival forces say they seized third oil port from government

Forces loyal to Libya’s powerful general, Khalifa Haftar, say they have seized a third Mediterranean oil port from those loyal to the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA).  Military spokesman Mohammad al-Azumi said Haftar’s forces were able to take control of Zuwaytina port and secure it completely on Monday.

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Libya’s oil woes threaten to plunge country into crisis

Libya’s unity government have made an urgent call for its allied fighters to stiffen their resolve after loyalist forces lost control of two vital oil terminals to rival eastern militias. The announcement came after militias loyal to the unrecognised Tobruk government seized two key export facilities. It happened just as …

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‘Fighting to die’: Fresh IS attacks delay liberation of Sirte

With Islamic State (IS) forces now carrying out attacks outside Sirte, the final offensive to liberate the town has been delayed while Libyan forces secure the surrounding desert area. “Daesh are becoming active again outside the town and have started targeting us on the road between Sirte and Misrata,” fighter …

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Inside the brutal but bizarrely bureaucratic world of the Islamic State in Libya

Even as they ruled through fear and brutality, as their counterparts have in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State officials in Libya aspired to create a government with a functioning bureaucracy, public services and a credible judicial system. Residents in the fractured coastal city of Sirte described the militants’ ambitions in …

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Obeidat leaders rejects Misrata deal and recognition of GNA

Elders and leaders of the Obeidat tribe, meeting in in the eastern town of Guba today, have rejected an agreement made yesterday in Tunis by other members in the tribe’s name with representatives from Misrata, recognising the Government of National Accord (GNA) and calling for an end to fighting in Benghazi …

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Libya begins air operation to cut off fleeing Islamic State militants

Air force units of Libya’s unity government launched an operation on Saturday to cut off potential escape routes for militants holed up in the coastal city of Sirte, loyalist forces said. The forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), on their Facebook page, said the surveillance operation covered central …

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