NATO surveillance mission off Libya

Rabia Golden

11/01/2021 – ItaMilRadar reported that a NATO Global Hawk RQ-4D “Phoenix” took off on Friday morning bound for southern Europe, heading towards Libya for a surveillance mission.

NATO recently carried out a similar mission over the Gulf of Sirte and that Friday mission appears to achieve similar goals, according to ItaMilRadar.

Libya Observer

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Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya

 

Author: Giovanni Giacalone / Pravda Report

11/01/2021 – On Friday, January 8th the GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj met with an Italian government delegation led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio; the official meeting took place in Palazzo Chigi.

The visit occurred during a very complicated phase for Libya as violence between the GNA and the LNA is about to erupt once again, and Serraj very likely travelled to Rome with the objective of asking the Italian government for more support. Continuer à lire … « Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya »

Libya tops Tunisia-led Security Council January agenda: Tunisian Foreign Ministry

By Sami Zaptia

08/01/2021 -Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry stressed Monday (4 December) that Libya will top the agenda of the UN Security Council. Tunisia assumed the rotating presidency of the Security Council for January on Monday as a Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council in 2021. Continuer à lire … « Libya tops Tunisia-led Security Council January agenda: Tunisian Foreign Ministry »

Mali – New EDF contingent starts Mali anti-insurgency operation service

22/12/2020- An Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) platoon newly-slated for the French-led counter-insurgency Operation Barkhane has largely arrived in the West African country of Mali, Baltic News Service reports.

The bulk of the BKN-08 Estpla personnel arrived in the city of Gao, where the EDF has been based for several years, while Maj. Vjatseslav Senin relieved Maj. Argo Sibul of command, as per schedule, the defense ministry says.

Maj. Senin said that in cooperating with its allies, the EDF is boosting the security of not only the local populace, but also, ultimately, Europe, and with it, Estonia.

He said: « The main group of the infantry platoon arrived today and is about to achieve initial combat readiness in a few hours. BKN-08 Estpla will start performing its duties in a few days already. »

Operation Barkhane as a whole inolves several of the Sahel nations, many of them former French colonies, and thus a vast swathe of territory, and is also focused on combating human trafficking and terrorism.

Estonia’s rationale for taking part primarily revolves around a trade-off; helping to secure the EU’s southern approaches in Operation Barkhane and other initiatives in return for the presence of both the EU and NATO in Estonia, at Tapa and Ämari and with it the securing of the union’s eastern flank.

Maj. Senin expressed his gratitude to the previous contingent for a seamless handover procedure, wishing them a safe trip back home and a happy time with family during the upcoming holidays.

Junior Warrant Officer Janek Pent from BKN-08 Espla said concurred that the takeover of responsibilities and duties from the outgoing platoon had gone smoothly. 

He said: « We went on patrol with the previous platoon three times and received a very good overview of our area of responsibility and the environment. The fact that all squad leaders have participated in the operation Barkhane and are familiar with the area of responsibility helped a lot; in addition, we have a detailed overview of the other tasks of our platoon, which are guarding of the base and rapid response to emergencies. The main unit just arrived, we will achieve tentative combat capability in a few hours and full combat capability in a few days. »

Gao, on the banks of the River Niger, is temporary home to over 1,500 troops from several countries involved in Operation Barkhane, with the EDF component tasked with patrolling, base protection and manning of a rapid response unit.

ERR News

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: EDF member from a previous rotation (Espla-30) on patrol in Gao, Mali. Source: mil.ee 

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Hamza Discuss With Italian Ambassador Supporting Stability and Development in Southern Libya.

22/12/2020 – Presidency Council Member and Minister of State for Civil Society Organisations Ahmed Hamza has discussed with Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Bocino cooperation on issues concerning the southern region. The Presidency Council Communication Office said the meeting which was held at the Council’s headquarters on Monday reviewed mechanism of supporting development in the southern region.

LANA

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Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts

02/10/2020 -As the Syrian Observatory continues monitoring and tracking the issue of involving Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Libyan war, reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that a new batch of some 800 fighters have returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts. Accordingly, the number of mercenaries who returned to Syria, after being sent earlier by the Turkish government to fight in Libya, has risen to more than 2,200 in just one week. Continuer à lire … « Turkish-backed mercenaries | Over 2,200 fighters return from Libya to Syria in six days, after completing duration of their contracts »

Algeria And Tunisia Strongly In Support Of Political Solution To Libyan Crisis

01/10/2020 – Tunisian Media sources said Algeria and Tunisia were united in the need to continue efforts to push the political solution to the crisis in Libya, away from foreign interventions. Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Bugadoum said after a meeting with President Qeis Saed said he had briefed the President on the talks he had with his Counterpart Othman Al Jrindi. Bugadoum said he had the opportunity to listen to the vision of President Saed for the situation in the region and the challenges particularly in Libya.

LANA

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Libya : UN approves Turkey-Libya maritime deal

01/10/2020 – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday certified a Turkey-Libya deal on the delimitation of maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean.

The agreement « has been registered with the Secretariat, in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations, » said the certificate of registration dated Wednesday.

« Every treaty and every international agreement entered into by any Member of the United Nations after the present Charter comes into force shall as soon as possible be registered with the Secretariat and published by it, » reads Article 102.

On Nov. 27, 2019, Ankara and Tripoli signed two memorandums of understanding; one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Anadolu Agency

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Libya – Arrest of 13 members of ‘Al-kani’ militia gang

By Rabia Golden

14/09/2020 – The Libyan Army announced on Saturday, the arrest of a villainous gang, consisting of 13 members of ‘Al kani’ militia, in the city of Tarhuna in the western region.

The Media Center for the Volcano of Rage Operation stated that the forces tasked with the protection and security of the Costal Road (Treeq Al-Sahali), arrested the gang members while they attempted to hide in the Hawatim area of Tarhuna.

The Media Center added that the gang consisted of criminal elements who trawled the Al-Sahali Road, engaging in kidnappings and murder of passers-by, just as was their practice during the aggression on Tripoli.

The Libya Observer

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Libya – Turkish Defence Minister: We totally support Libya to establish a regular army

Rabia Golden

14/09/2020 -The Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar confirmed his country’s support for all Libyans to achieve unity in their country and assist them in establishing Libya’s regular army to preserve Libyan security and sovereignty.

Akar said, during an interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency, that many countries and institutions sustained silence regarding Haftar and his militia’s attacks in Libya.

Earlier this month, Akar confirmed, during a meeting with his Libyan counterpart, that Ankara would continue its training and consultation activities in both the military and security fields in Libya.

The Libya Observer

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Image utilisée juste à titre d’illustration: Hulusi Akar