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Op-Ed: Another attempt to retake Libyan oil crescent ports is launched

The Libya Observer claims a coalition of groups including members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), the Islamist Defend Benghazi Brigades (DBB), plus some brigades loyal to the UN-brokered unity government tried to retake the oil crescent ports.

Canadian kidnapped in Libya glad to be safe back home in Montreal

Montreal - Frank Poccia, a 52-year-old Canadian man was abducted by armed and masked gunmen on September 19th along with two Italians in the southwestern Libyan city of Ghat.

Op-Ed: Sputnik spouting fake news about Haftar taking control in Libya

A proposal by Ali Al-Gotrani, a member of the Presidential Council (PC) for a transitional phase of the Libyan government with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshall, Khalifa Haftar, was reported as reality by the Russian news site Sputnik.

Op-Ed: Reports claim that Sirte Libya is completely captured from ISIS

Surt - Several reports indicate that the Islamic State(IS) has been completely driven from their former stronghold of Sirte. The other day the group controlled only two blocks and about 50 buildings in the city.

With fall of Sirte, IS down but not out in Libya

Tripoli - The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say.

IS loses Libya bastion in major blow to jihadists

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government said Monday they had seized full control of Sirte from the Islamic State group, in a major blow to the jihadists who fought for months to retain their bastion.

Op-Ed: Interview with UN envoy to Libya on situation in Libya

The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) was signed on the 17th of December nearly a year ago. In an interview for the Libya Herald, Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) assesses the progress in implementing the LPA.

Op-Ed: Libyan National Army forces threaten to bomb Canadian ship

Benghazi - According to the Libya Observer, the spokesperson for the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hafar, Ahmed al-Mismari, said that his forces would bomb a Canadian ship bound for Ganfouda, Benghazi that is carrying humanitarian aid.

Op-Ed: Mediation stops Tripoli militia clashes only temporarily

Tripoli - According to the Libya Observer, mediation by security leaders, political activists, and a number of Tripoli and area district elders stopped clashes between rival militia in Tripoli that had been happening over the the last two days.

ISIS controls only 2 blocks and 50 buildings in Sirte Libya

Surt - The Pentagon claims that the Islamic State now only controls about two blocks and 50 buildings in the city of Sirte whereas they had once ruled the entire city and a considerable area in all directions surrounding it.

Militia groups clash in Tripoli, seven reported dead

Tripoli - Rival militias clashed in Tripoli leaving at least seven people dead, Libyan media said, as AFP journalists reported hearing gunshots and explosions in the south of the capital.

Militias clashing in the Libyan capital of Tripoli

Tripoli - Fighting has broken out in the Libyan capital Tripoli between various militia groups. The Libya Observer describes murky clashes sweeping through the city. There are many competing tweets describing the situation.

UN and others criticized by fired Libya ambassador to the UN

The ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, had already been fired three times as ambassador to the UN. He was fired twice by the al-Thinni administration of the House of Representatives (HoR) government.

Op-Ed: Libyan military commander Haftar meets Russian foreign minister

Moscow - Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed forces associated with the eastern-based House of Representatives(HoR) government met Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Islamic State remnants still fiercely resisting in Sirte, Libya

Surt - On Saturday the forces of Al Bunyan Al Marsous (Solid Structure or BAM) faced continuing fierce resistance from the few remaining fighters of the Islamic State(IS) holed up within a small area of the city of Sirte, their former stronghold.

Op-Ed: Libya's Grand Mufti speaks out on kidnapping of Muslim scholar

Controversial Grand Mufti of Libya Sadik Al-Ghariani has accused Madkhalists, followers of Saudi cleric Rabee Al-Madkhali, of being spies and of acting as assassins on behalf of Arab Gulf countries he did not name.

Three-day ceasefire reached by clashing tribes in southern Libya

Sabha - The ceasefire deal was brokered by a committee of notables and elders from the Sabha area and beyond. The clashes have been occuring in the city between the Awlad Sulaiman and Gadadfa tribes. The latter is the tribe of Muammar Gaddafi.

The Islamic State still clings on to a few blocks in Sirte Libya

Surt - Even though it is six months since the forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous (Solid Structure or BAM) began the offensive against the Islamic State(IS) in the areas around Sirte and now within Sirte itself, a few remnants continue to hold out in the city.

Islamic scholar Sheikh al-Omrani abducted and murdered in Tripoli

Tripoli - Sheikh Nadir Al-Omrani, was kidnapped on October 6. On a video made by Tripoli's Criminal Investigation Board (CIB) a man named Haitham Al-Zintani is shown confessing his role in the abduction and murder of Al-Omrani.

Op-Ed: Libyan currency drops sharply causing price inflation

Yesterday the Libyan dinar fell more than seven percent against the US dollar. On the black market the Libyan dinar surpassed the six to one ratio for the time time, trading at 6.2 dinars to one U.S. dollar.
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