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Can the UAE’s coup attempts in Libya and Yemen succeed?

In less than 48 hours, Yemen’s separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) and Libya’s renegade warlord Khalifa Haftar rebelled against their respective governments, in defiance of previous peace initiatives. These moves could not have occurred were it not for the UAE’s hidden hand, as Abu Dhabi has empowered both factions in …

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Escalation in Libya’s ground fighting drives up civilian casualties in 2020 Q1: UNSMIL

UNSMIL reports that between 1 January and 31 March 2020, it documented at least 131 civilian casualties (64 deaths and 67 injuries) in Libya. This figure represents an overall increase in civilian casualties of 45 per cent compared to the preceding period in the fourth quarter of 2019, it adds. …

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Pentagon officials say Russia’s presence in Libya more dangerous than ISIS

US defense and US Africa Command (AFRICOM) officials have told the US-based Washington Examiner that Russia inserted a paramilitary group in Libya to support Khalifa Haftar and position itself on the southern flank of NATO, adding that their presence is a graver danger than ISIS in the southern region of …

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HoR Speaker says his political initiative is drafted by Russia, warns of imminent defeat in south Tripoli

The Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh said his political roadmap, which he announced on last Monday, was drafted by Russian experts working with HoR members in Libya.

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Tripoli assures eastern HoR members security protection – if they abandon Hafter and Saleh

The internationally recognized government of Libya, based in Tripoli and led by Faiez Serraj, continued its outreach with an olive branch to House of Representatives (HoR) members still aligned with HoR head Ageela Saleh and Khalifa Hafter.

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Weaponising water in Libya despite coronavirus pandemic

This month, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Libyan capital and most of western Libya spent at least 20 days without water. This was in addition to living through intensified fighting around Tripoli which only abated following the humiliating defeat of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa …

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