Roads from Tripoli heading west to the Tunisian border were effectively closed yesterday and today as Libya Shield West forces and their allies in Operation Libya Dawn bombarded positions in the Washefana area ahead of an anticipated push by Zintani forces back into the capital.
Massive explosions in Benghazi as weapons depot destroyed
A massive explosion in the Benghazi district of Buatni lit the night sky last night as Operation Dignity bombed Islamist positions across the city, including one large weapons store.
Libya sparks Tunisia’s summer of concern
The village of Metouia, in the Tunisian southeast, in an unlikely late summer destination. Chemical pollution on the nearby coast and continued neglect of its date tree oases, since the 1970’s, have led to a steady decline of its appeal to outsiders. Throughout the years, it has been visited mainly …
Libya: UN report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi
GENEVA / TRIPOLI (4 September 2014) – Serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law are taking place in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi with dire consequences for civilians and civilian infrastructure, a new UN report warns.
Missing Libyan aircraft spark fears of 9/11-style attack in North Africa
U.S. officials Tuesday expressed fears that Islamist militants who allegedly stole 11 jetliners in Libya last month could carry out a 9/11-style attack in North Africa days before the 13th anniversary of the terror attack on the United States.
Libyans are bracing for civil war
In Libya, regional players have been battling for influence, reportedly supplying militias with weapons and even conducting secret military operations in the country. An alliance of Islamists militias reportedly took over Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Aug. 23; soon after, they stormed and “secured” a U.S. embassy compound in the city. …
Libyan war plane crashes, killing the pilot and a child
A plane from the forces of renegade former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar crashed in the city of Tobruk on Tuesday, killing the pilot and a child, a security official said.
Militias ‘Seize Ministries’ as al-Thinni Reappointed
The Libyan government has said that militias have captured most government ministries in Tripoli, adding that armed men had blocked staff from entering offices.
Overview of Libya’s Government(s) and Militias
Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald is featured in the Middle East Week podcast, discussing the ongoing turmoil in Libya.
25 Libyans killed in Benghazi airport clashes
Twenty-five people killed in clashes between general Haftar’s troops and militia fighters in fight to control Benghazi airport