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Libya forces 'retake' Benghazi district from jihadists

Benghazi - Libyan forces loyal to a controversial general have wrestled back control of a Benghazi neighbourhood from jihadists, following months of fighting to drive the Islamists from the country's second city.

Libya loyalists take IS bomb factory in Sirte

Tripoli - Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Sunday they had seized a building used by the Islamic State group to manufacture explosives in its coastal stronghold.

UN backs plan to rid Libya of chemical weapons

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday endorsed plans to rid Libya of its chemical weapons and prevent them from falling into the hands of extremists like the Islamic State group.

Bodies of 14 executed in Libya's Benghazi received at hospital

Benghazi - A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime".

French, British, U.S. soldiers 'monitoring' Libya: Commander

Benghazi - French, British and American soldiers are in Libya to "monitor" Islamic State group jihadists, a military commander in the east of the country told AFP on Thursday.

Three French troops killed in Libya intelligence operation

Paris - Three French soldiers were killed during a mission to gather intelligence in Libya, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday in the first official confirmation that France has troops in the country where IS controls a key city.

UN fears IS in Libya could relocate from Sirte

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that Islamic State fighters could set up new cells across Libya and north Africa as they are driven from their stronghold of Sirte.

'Unified' Libyan army on table at Tunis meeting

Tunis - The UN is set to host a second day of talks on Libya Sunday with the aim of creating a "unified" army in a country wracked by internal divisions and a jihadist threat.

20 loyalist troops killed fighting IS in Libya's Sirte

Tripoli - Twenty Libyan unity government fighters were killed and more than 100 wounded Friday in clashes with the Islamic State group in the jihadists' coastal stronghold of Sirte, pro-government forces said.

Op-Ed: Islamic State resistance in Sirte expected to end in a few days

Surt - According Brigadier Mohammed Al-Gosri, the spokesperson for Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure or BAM), artillery shelling on ISIS militants encircled in a small area of Sirte has continued for five days.

Op-Ed: Foreign special forces support both sides in Libya

Benghazi - Air traffic recordings recently revealed show that UK, French, and U.S. forces are coordinating air strikes in support of Khalifa Haftar's Operation Dignity against IS and other Islamists in Benghazi.

Car bomb kills 11 soldiers in Libya's Benghazi

Benghazi - A car bomb killed 11 soldiers in Libya's second city Benghazi as they held evening prayers on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a military source said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Gadaffi's son released from jail in Libya

Tripoli - Saif Gadaffi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi was reported to have been released from jail even though he was sentenced to death by a Libyan court in absentia in 2015 for crimes committed during the uprising against his father.

Assessing Libya's unity government, three months in

Tripoli - On March 30, Libya's prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj sailed into Tripoli under naval escort and set up the headquarters of his country's unity government.

Op-Ed: Libyans still having problems withdrawing cash from banks

Tripoli - Libyans are still suffering from a liquidity crisis with long queues forming at banks to withdraw cash making living conditions worse than ever for people.

No Clinton bombshell in Benghazi report by Republicans

Washington - Republican lawmakers on Tuesday released a report on the deadly 2012 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, accusing then secretary of state Hillary Clinton of underestimating and then misrepresenting the extremist threat in Libya.

Kadhafi son's new lawyers urge ICC to drop case

Den Haag - New lawyers representing the son of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi announced Monday they will ask the International Criminal Court to quash the case against him as he has now been tried and convicted by a Libyan court.

Op-Ed: Saudis attempting to negotiate reconciliation in Libya

Mecca - There appear to be a number of efforts to bring about a reconciliation between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR).

Car bomb kills four in Libya's Benghazi: Hospital

Tripoli - A car bomb killed four civilians and wounded 14 others in the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi Friday night, a hospital official said.

Pro-GNA forces suffer heavy losses but advance in Sirte, Libya

Surt - Forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos (Solid Structure) allied with the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord are making some progress against the Islamic State (IS) encircled in the city of Sirte but are suffering significant casualties in the process.

Libya: Explosion after clashes near Tripoli kills at least 29

Tripoli - After armed men stormed an arms depot in the town of Garabulli, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Tripoli, an explosion occurred that killed at least 29 and wounded dozens more according to security and medical officials.

34 Libya pro-govt fighters dead in clashes with IS

Tripoli - At least 34 Libyan pro-government forces were killed Tuesday and 100 wounded in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists as they prepared for a final assault on the jihadist stronghold of Sirte.

EU boosts Libya naval mission, to enforce arms embargo

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to boost the bloc's anti-people smuggling operation in the Mediterranean to include training of the Libyan coastguard and enforcing a UN arms embargo.

IS tries to break siege in Libya's Sirte

Tripoli - The Islamic State group tried Sunday to break a siege on their last holdouts in Sirte but were pushed back by fighters allied to Libya's unity government, a spokesman said.

Libya PM calls for unity behind anti-IS Sirte offensive

Tripoli - The head of Libya's unity government urged Libyans to rally behind the battle against jihadists in Sirte, as the UN approved an operation to stop the flood of weapons into the country.

Turkey police seize 'Kadhafi's dagger' in Istanbul: Report

Ankara - Turkish police have seized a jewel-encrusted ivory dagger said to have belonged to Libya's late leader Moamer Kadhafi and which was going to be sold for millions of dollars on the black market, Anadolu news agency reported.

Libyan pro-govt advance slows as IS hits back in Sirte

Sert - An intense fightback by the Islamic State group in Libya's Sirte slowed an advance by pro-government forces Monday into the jihadists' North African stronghold.

Libya's Sirte — from Kadhafi to the jihadist IS

Tripoli - Forces allied with Libya's unity government are closing in on Islamic State group fighters in Sirte in a month-long operation aimed at ousting the jihadists from their North African stronghold.Here is some background on Sirte and its fall to IS.

IS suicide bombers in Sirte hit pro-govt Libyan forces

Tripoli - Forces allied with Libya's unity government battled Sunday to retake the Islamic State group's last redoubts in its stronghold of Sirte, facing fierce resistance including a series of suicide car bombings.

IS suicide bombers in Sirte hit pro-govt Libyan forces

Tripoli - Forces allied with Libya's unity government battled Sunday to retake the Islamic State group's last redoubts in its stronghold of Sirte, facing fierce resistance including a series of suicide car bombings.
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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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Libyan rebels in Tripoli's central square.
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Much of downtown Misrata, though, such as on Tripoli Street pictured here, is beyond repair.
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Refugees from Libya on the Libyan border
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Ancient religious images in Cyrenaica, eastern Libya
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A photo op with a dictator at G8 Summit in L'Aquila in July, 2009. From left to right is Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi.
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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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Members of the Libyan army stand guard along a street following clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013. Libyan troops struggling to establish control across the country clashed with militants in the eastern city of Benghazi. At least nine people were killed in the fighting, officials said
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A demonstrator at a Libya rally in Boston
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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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The unity government, headed by businessman Fayez al-Sarraj, who was named prime minister-designate under the UN-sponsored accord, comprises 32 ministers, the administration announced on its Facebook page
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Two French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets ready for takeoff
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A Tomahawk missile launched. More than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense installations.
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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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NATO strikes Libya.
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