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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in General business news & info, Politics, Education



U.S. Afghan drone strike said to kill at least 15 civilians

U.S. drones attacked an area in eastern Nagarhar Province in Afghanistan where there has been a resurgence of activity by the Islamic State. The UN and some locals claim that at least 15 civilians were killed and another 13 wounded.

Op-Ed: Libya unity government PM desperate to accommodate Marshal Haftar

The PM designate of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Faiez Serraj, claims Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of the rival government of the House of Representatives (HoR) wil be part of a new GNA government.

U.S. to send hundreds more troops to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that some 600 additional troops will be sent to Iraq prior to a major offensive against the city of Mosul held by the Islamic State.

Op-Ed: Interview with Libyan commander Haftar reveals his policies

In written responses to questions from the Associated Press, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, said that his armed forces only recognized the authority of the Al-Thinni House of Representatives (HoR) government.

Op-Ed: UN envoy's statement on situation in Libya from Geneva

Geneva - At the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) issued an extensive statement on recent developments in Libya.

Op-Ed: Trudeau to retain Harper's cuts to Canadian health care

Ottawa - Back in 2011, the Stephen Harper Conservative government announced, without agreement of the provinces, that funding of health care transfers would be reduced by $36 billion.

Canadian analyst argues a Trump win is good for Canadian economy

Matthew Barasch, Canadian equity strategist for RBC Capital Market, argues that if Donald Trump wins the presidency of the United States in November this would be a "net positive" for both the Canadian economy and Canadian stocks.

Op-Ed: Egypt will intervene in Libya claims former Egyptian diplomat

Egypt has for long been a supporter of the House of Representatives(HoR), Al-Thinni government of Abdullah al-Thinni and commander of his armed forces General Khalifa Haftar.

U.S. has used white phosphorus in Iraq

Pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon show that the United States is using white phosphorus munitiions in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

U.S. general claims 20 percent of Afghanistan contested

The Taliban and allies control about 10 percent of the population. However, another 20 percent is contested leaving the Afghan government with control of 70 percent of the population.

Op-Ed: Joint statement by 22 countries on the situation in Libya

22 countries plus the European Union, the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Arab Union all signed a joint statement on the situation in Libya after a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Women and Muslim Brotherhood make gains in Jordan elections

Amman - Women took 20 out of the 130 seats in the Jordanian parliament. The number of seats in the parliament had been reduced from 150 to 130 but women won two more seats than in the much larger parliament.

Libyan unity government's State Council makes debatable decision

Tripoli - In a rather bizarre move the State Council of the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA) has said that it will take over full legislative authority of the GNA until the House of Representatives (HoR) votes confidence in the GNA.

General Haftar criticizes Martin Kobler UN envoy to Libya

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) , Martin Kobler, has been criticized by Khalifa Haftar and Ageela Saleh president of the House of Representatives (HoR) and rival government to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Nine civilians killed in bombing attack near Libyan oasis town

Hun - At least nine civilians including children and women were killed and twenty wounded in an air strike by unidentified war planes near an oasis town in central Libya according to a hospital doctor and local officials.

Op-Ed: Were there deliberate attempts to wreck the Syrian peace deal?

The recent ceasefire negotiated by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, created tension between the U.S. Pentagon and the Department of State.

Op-Ed: Haftar repels counter-attack on oil ports advances towards Sirte

Forces of the Petroleum Facilities Guard(PFG) headed by Ibrahim Jodhran, retreated from Es Sidra and Ras Lanuf just a few hours after having retaken them from General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) forces.

Op-Ed: Troops of Libyan unity government resume final attack on Sirte

Surt - While there have been many announcements of the final battle to liberate Sirte from the remnants of the Islamic State(IS) there are a few IS fighters still holding out in one small area of the city.

Canadian convicted of spying in China deported to Canada

Vancouver - Kevin Garratt, a Canadian held in jail in China on allegations that he was a spy was deported to Canada on Thursday after being convicted on Tuesday of spying and stealing state secrets. Kevin was reunited with his wife Julia at Vancouver airport.

Libyan national reconciliation conference marred by divisions

A National Reconciliation Conference was held in the city of Nalut in western Libya near the Tunisian border. The conference was sponsored by the Nalut City Council.
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