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Libya News

Op-Ed: Libya's civil strife and foreign intervention

Tripoli - The intervention in Libya politics traces back to foreign support for the rebellion against Gadaffi. The intervention not only involved western powers led by the US but also Arab countries with the UAE and Qatar supporting different rebel factions.

Libya PM says united forces aim to retake capital

Tripoli - Libya's internationally-recognised prime minister said Saturday that military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.

Libya army backs ex-general in new assault on Islamists

Benghazi - Libya's army threw its weight behind an ex-general who launched a new assault Wednesday to retake second city Benghazi from Islamist militias who have seized control of large parts of the turmoil-gripped country.

Op-Ed: Libyan clashes continues as UN seeks a ceasefire agreement

Tripoli - UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon made a surprise trip to Libya to Tripoli in support of an ongoing reconciliation process. Libya has two separate governments, one in Tripoli, and the elected internationally-recognized one in Tobruk.

'At least 21' dead in Libya clashes despite Ban peace call

Tripoli - At least 21 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in clashes between rival tribes west of Libya's capital that coincided with a visit by the UN chief, hospital sources said Sunday.

UN chief in Libya, calls for end to fighting

Tripoli - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on a surprise visit to Libya Saturday urged warring factions to end the turmoil gripping the North African nation since Moamer Kadhafi was toppled in 2011.

Op-Ed: Libyan jihadist group pledges allegiance to Islamic State

Darnah - The militant group Ansar al-Shariah, accused by the U.S. of being behind the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador, declared an "Islamic emirate" in the eastern city of Derna, according to media reports from Libya.

Dozens of Libyan troops killed in Benghazi attacks, clashes

Benghazi - Dozens of soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport, a Libyan army spokesman said Friday, as the UN threatened sanctions.

Op-Ed: Watch for more foreign intervention in Libya against Islamists

New York City - A common narrative about what is happening in Libya will be about the threat of radical Islamist groups such as Ansar al-Sharia, a group thought to be responsible for the attack on the American consul in Benghazi which killed the ambassador among others.

Op-Ed: Troubles continue in Libya as clashes threaten oil production

Sabha - Libya's troubles are increasing as conflict has taken place in the south west of the country and clashes have shut down the El Shalala oil field that supplies the Zawiya refinery that in turn supplies the capital Tripoli with gasoline.

Libyan parliament rejects prime minister's proposed cabinet

Tripoli - Libya's new parliament elected in June and based in the eastern city of Tobruk has added to the political turmoil by rejecting the 16 minister cabinet proposed by acting prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

Op-Ed: Obama may be contemplating intervention in Libya

Tripoli - In Obama's recent announcement of the expansion of attacks against the Islamic State in Iraq and also into Syria, he also spoke of the need for vigiliance in northern Africa.

France ups rhetoric on 'terrorist hub' Libya

Paris - France on Tuesday issued a clarion call to the rest of the international community to act in Libya, amid growing fears the country is becoming a major "terrorist hub" on Europe's doorstep.

VIDEO: 3 dead, 9 injured after war plane crashes in Libya

Tobruk - Shocking video has shown what appears to be a Libyan war plane crashing in a residential area of Tobruk, an eastern Libyan city.

10 Libya troops killed in clashes with jihadists

Benghazi - Jihadist gunmen clashed on Monday with Libyan troops in Benghazi, killing 10 soldiers, as the Islamists tried to advance on an airport in the eastern city, the army said.

Tripoli under militia control as Libya chaos deepens

Tripoli - Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.

Libyan militia occupy residential annex of US embassy in Tripoli

Tripoli - Libyan militia members believed to be from Misrata took control of a residential annex of the US Embassy in Tripoli although there is no report of any breach of the main embassy compound.

US says UAE bombed Libya Islamists as turmoil deepens

Tripoli - UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

18 migrants die in new boat accident, Italy calls for EU action

Rome - Eighteen bodies were found Sunday aboard an inflatable dinghy adrift off Italy, media reported, amid a new surge of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

Libya in new crisis as Islamist 'terrorists' seize airport

Benghazi - Islamist militias openly challenged the legitimacy of parliament after announcing their seizure of Tripoli airport, plunging Libya's rocky political transition into a fresh crisis on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Mystery plane bombs Tripoli again for a second night

Tripoli - For the second time in a week CIA-linked General Haftar has claimed responsibility for an attack by air on targets mostly associated with Operation Dawn. The Misrata militia are one of the main groups involved with Operation Dawn.

Libya Islamist militias 'seize Tripoli airport'

Tripoli - Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition said on Saturday they have captured Tripoli's battered international airport after many days of clashes with nationalist militiamen.

New mystery air raid over Tripoli kills 10 Libyan Islamists

Tripoli - Using the cover of darkness to mask its identity, a mystery warplane launched a raid near Tripoli airport overnight, killing at least 10 Islamist, a Libyan militia spokesman said Saturday.

170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

Tripoli - A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli, with 170 people still missing.

Tripoli police chief assassinated

Tripoli - Hooded attackers shot dead Tripoli police chief Colonel Mohamed al-Suissi in the Libyan capital's eastern suburbs on Tuesday, a security source told AFP.

New Libya parliament holds first session far from Tripoli

Tobruk - Libya's new parliament held its first formal session to international approval, away from the clashes rocking the capital Tripoli as divisions between Islamists and nationalists deepened.

Libya evacuations gather pace as Tripoli clashes kill 22

Tripoli - The exodus of foreigners from Libya gathered pace Sunday as the government said at least 22 people were killed in clashes in Tripoli and warned of a "worsening humanitarian situation".

New Libya parliament meets amid ongoing violence

Benghazi - Libya's new nationalist-dominated parliament held its first meeting Saturday, boycotted by Islamists, in a sign of deep divisions still plaguing a violence-racked country from which thousands are fleeing.

Libya guards fire warning shots as crowd tries to storm border

- Libyan border guards fired warning shots Friday to keep back a crowd of people trying to enter Tunisia as they fled the conflict in Libya, a Tunisian army officer said.

Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes

Tripoli - The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence continued to rage and a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse gang-raped there.
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The Rixos Hotel in Tripoli, Libya
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Members of the Libyan security forces stand at the destroyed shrine of the Murad Agha mosque  which ...
Members of the Libyan security forces stand at the destroyed shrine of the Murad Agha mosque, which was bombed early this morning, in Tripoli's Tajura neighborhood
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Medina in Tripoli, Libya
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A Tomahawk missile launched. More than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense installations.
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People carry a man who was injured when Libyan militiamen opened fire into a crowd of protesters in ...
People carry a man who was injured when Libyan militiamen opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Tripoli November 15, 2013
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A BBC News screenshot of Gaddafi moments after being shot. It is unclear if this shows him wounded or dead
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Two French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets ready for takeoff
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Muammar Gaddafi's corpse abused by rebel troops
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Tony Blair  former British prime minister is widely criticized for offering Libyan dictator Muammar ...
Tony Blair, former British prime minister is widely criticized for offering Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi "the hand of friendship." Blair first visited Libya in 2004, and was instrumental in transforming a pariah state into an ally and helping BP to seal a big energy deal with Gaddafi's regime.
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A protester raising Libya's Independence flag above the Libyan Embassy in Zamalek,Cairo
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LIBYA: Top officials of the U.S. Marines pose with soldiers and sailors assigned to embassy protecti...
LIBYA: Top officials of the U.S. Marines pose with soldiers and sailors assigned to embassy protection duty outside the U.S. embassy in Tripoli in 2013.
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Ancient religious images in Cyrenaica  eastern Libya
Ancient religious images in Cyrenaica, eastern Libya
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Canada has deployed six CF-18 fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.
Canada has deployed six CF-18 fighter jets to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.
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Air Assault on Qaddafi’s installations: Tomahawk missiles fired from the Mediterranean Sea by the ...
Air Assault on Qaddafi’s installations: Tomahawk missiles fired from the Mediterranean Sea by the United States Navy destroyer Barry. The photo was taken through night-vision camera.
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Army personnel man a checkpoint at one of the entrances to Tripoli. Libyan militia fighters blamed f...
Army personnel man a checkpoint at one of the entrances to Tripoli. Libyan militia fighters blamed for the worst unrest in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi
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Jamal al-Hajji  writer and political commentator was convicted of defamation on 31 December 2013 and...
Jamal al-Hajji, writer and political commentator was convicted of defamation on 31 December 2013 and sentenced to eight months in prison and a fine of 400,000 Libyan Dinar
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