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Libya’s black hole sucks in the neighbours

The dynamic that is driving Libya towards a renewal of the civil war that, three-and-a-half years ago, ended the Qadhafi regime seems irresistible. The country has two governments, each situated at opposite ends of the country, each with its complement of armed militias and each with seemingly irreconcilable objectives which …

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Libya talks gain urgency

If further evidence was needed to demonstrate the desperate situation in Libya, the attack by ISIS on a hotel in Tripoli last week was it. Ever since the ousting of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 the country has descended into chaos. Thousands are dead, towns have been wrecked and …

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Tripoli Proposes Moscow to Train Libyan Army, Supply Modern Weaponry

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Libya wants its military personnel to be trained by Russian specialists and to receive modern Russian weaponry, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the special Ambassador of the Libyan parliament’s president said on Thursday. “We hope that this [military] cooperation will continue in two main areas — in the field of …

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Heavy fighting continues at Sidra; UNSMIL condemns Operation Sunrise attack

Fighting has continued today at Sidra between forces from Libya Dawn’s Operation Sunrise, who are trying to seize the oil terminal, and the Central Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) backed by Libyan National Army’s air power. According to Misratan sources, five Misratans were killed today in the clashes. The spokesperson for …

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Islamic State covets Libya as global terror base, envoy warns

One of Libya’s senior diplomats is in Washington this week on a lonely mission to drag the US back into the Libyan fray. Aref Ali Nayed, the Bayda-based government’s ambassador to the UAE, says the Islamic State (IS), or ISIS, risks taking over Libya and turning it into a global …

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