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Libya armed groups urge citizens to fight against French troops

Armed groups have urged Libyans to mobilise against French and other foreign troops deployed in the country, denouncing their presence as a “blatant aggression”. The call by militias in the second city of Benghazi came after French President Francois Hollande confirmed on Wednesday that his country has soldiers in Libya. …

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Amnesty International fears Benghazi rebels involved in war crimes

Amnesty International has expressed fears that the Benghazi Revolutionary Shoura Council (BRSC) is using captives as human shields in the battle with Libyan National Army (LNA). Commenting on videos produced by the BRSC in which three men held prisoner by Ansar Al-Sharia say that they and others are in danger …

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France confirms deaths of soldiers in Libya

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya, the defence ministry confirmed on Wednesday, in the first official confirmation that France has troops in the country. “Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian regrets the loss of three French officers who died while on mission in Libya,” the ministry said in a …

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REVEALED: Leaked tapes expose Western support for renegade Libyan general

A multinational military operation involving British, French and US forces is coordinating air strikes in support of a renegade general battling Islamist militia groups from a base near Benghazi in eastern Libya, air traffic recordings obtained by Middle East Eye reveal.

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Libyan forces close in on Islamic State’s final stronghold

Libyan pro-unity government forces say they have closed in on the Islamic State [IS] group’s final stronghold in the militants’ Mediterranean coastal bastion of Sirte. Fighters allied to the Government of National Accord on Sunday encircled IS in the Ouagadougou conference centre – a huge building the group has made as …

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Serraj wants united army, admits “aid” from foreign special forces

Prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj has insisted that IS will only be defeated in Libya if there is a unified army, made up of military forces from all over the country. He has also confirmed the presence of foreign special forces in the fight against the terrorists.

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UK troops ‘operating from French-led Libyan base aiding renegade general’

British forces have based themselves in a French-led multinational military operations centre in Benghazi supporting renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, according to reports in Arabic media and sources within Libya. The centre, which was set up in December and began operating in February, also houses teams from Italy, Jordan and the UAE, …

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