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Battle for air supremacy heats up in Libya despite COVID-19 outbreak

Renewed fighting in Libya, where both sides rely on drone support from foreign backers, has fueled a battle for air supremacy that augurs further escalation despite the coronavirus outbreak in the country. It also raises the prospect of Turkey sending more military aid to its allies.

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One year on with his offensive and Haftar is more determined but less successful

This Saturday marks a year since Libya’s Khalifa Haftar ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) to march on Tripoli to expel the Government of National Accord (GNA). On 11 April last year, MEMO published an article that said Haftar could not retreat as to do so at the time …

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Coronavirus: Libyans brace for uncertainty as the country battles war, economy and virus

Up until the moment the first coronavirus case was announced in Libya, citizens were still hoping that the country would be spared the global spread of the pandemic, due to its isolation from the world caused by its ongoing civil war.

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Humanity and responsibility are needed in the fight for Tripoli

The Libyan capital Tripoli has been subjected to intense and random bombing for weeks and the victims are mainly civilians. The latest of these tragedies was the loss of the girls of the Raqi’i family in a Haftar militia attack on the capital’s Ain Zara neighbourhood. Furthermore, there are ongoing …

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The Development of Libyan Armed Groups Since 2014: Community Dynamics and Economic Interests: a Chatham House study

A research paper published yesterday by Chatham House entitled ‘‘The Development of Libyan Armed Groups Since 2014: Community Dynamics and Economic Interests’’, explores armed group–community relations in Libya and the sources of revenue that have allowed armed groups to grow in power and influence. It draws out the implications for policy …

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Libyan front looks bleak for Erdogan

Engaged in two wars simultaneously in Syria and Libya, Turkey appears far from achieving its stated objectives on both fronts. The Syrian battlefield escalated dramatically after the killing of at least 36 Turkish soldiers in Idlib Feb. 27, but Turkey’s retributive strikes on Syrian forces resulted in little change on the …

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