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Tripoli insecurity and mid-year school holiday increase traffic at Libyan-Tunisian borders

There have been reports of extra-long queues since last Thursday at both the main Libyan-Tunisian land border crossings. The pro-HoR/Thinni government news agency, LANA, says that the long queues of both passenger and commercial vehicles carrying goods are as a result of the poor security situation and poor border management …

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Algeria: Coordination between three neighbouring countries to prevent oil smuggling

Three states neighbouring Libya have begun coordinated security operations to prevent the smuggling of oil and its derivatives through land and sea, which is considered one of the most important financing resources for armed groups in the country, Anadolu Agency reported.

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Europe ‘seriously underestimating possibility of IS militants infiltrating Italy or Malta’

Islamic State militants have taken over practically the whole area from where migrant crossings are launched and are effectively running the whole show, a prominent Libyan politician has warned. Speaking to Italian journalists during the Davos World Economic Forum, former Libyan Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni, who now serves as President …

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Libya oil production plummets as tribes fight to control field in south

Ubari, a ramshackle desert hub hundreds of miles from Libya’s populous cities on the Mediterranean coast, was once a favored tourist destination, a picturesque pocket of the Sahara with dramatic sand dunes, oases and volcanic mountains. Now, however, it’s best known for a bloody power struggle in the desert near …

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Libya the key to stopping terror in the Sahel

Madama, located in the northeast of Niger in the vast Teneré desert, is 10 days’ drive from the capital Niamey and doesn’t even feature on most maps. This is where Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence, spent the first day of 2015 visiting troops in a brand new military …

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