Haftar’s forces declare war on “terrorism” in south Libya

2019/01/15 – The East-based Libyan self-styled army forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar have launched a military operation in southern Libya to secure oil and gas facilities and fight extremists, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

“We announce the start of an operation to liberate the south,” the spokesman Ahmed Mismari told reporters in Benghazi.

He said the operation’s goals included protecting local and foreign oil firms, fighting Islamic State and other extremists, and tackling illegal migration.

He gave few other details about the initiative, but any advance on oilfields in the south by Haftar’s forces could be opposed by Libya’s internationally recognised administration in Tripoli, which lies in the west of the country.

Libyan Express

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UN experts warns of growing influence of Sudanese armed groups in Libya

2019/01/14 – The United Nations group of experts on Sudan said that the Darfur armed groups have reinforced their presence in Libya, some of whom had participated in the military operations carried out by the so-called Dignity Forces.

« These groups are involved in mercenary activities and others, such as smuggling, establishing illegal checkpoints, and banditry, » UN group of experts clarified in their report.

They also warned that the groups could become an integral part of the conflict if their presence was protracted in Libya.

The Libya Observer

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Libya – Serraj determined to progress with “security arrangements”

2019/01/10 – Mohamed El-Sallak, the spokesperson for Faiez Serraj, the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, conveyed the assurance of Serraj to move forward on steps to enhance Libya’s security and stability.

During the weekly press conference held at the Media Center of the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, Sallak explained that security and stability comes through the completion of the so-called “Security Arrangements” Continuer à lire … « Libya – Serraj determined to progress with “security arrangements” »

Libya/AFRICOM – Tuareg tribesmen denounce AFRICOM airstrike in southwestern Libya, confirm victims were civilians

2018/04/12 – Members of the Tuareg community gathered in Ubari town in southwestern Libya to condemn in the strongest terms the airstrike conducted by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) near Awaynat town last Thursday, which killed 11 people; AFRICOM claimed they were al-Qaeda militants. Continuer à lire … « Libya/AFRICOM – Tuareg tribesmen denounce AFRICOM airstrike in southwestern Libya, confirm victims were civilians »

Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and CAR leaders to meet over Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced his intention to hold a one-day meeting with the Heads of State and Government of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and the Central African Republic. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and CAR leaders to meet over Boko Haram »

Libya – Sudanese authorities vow to pursue Sudanese armed groups fighting with Haftar

2018/04/11 – The Commander of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, Lieutenant General Mohamed Humaidati, has vowed to go after the mercenaries of the Sudanese opposition armed movements in Libya and prevent them from entering his country. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Sudanese authorities vow to pursue Sudanese armed groups fighting with Haftar »

Is UNSMIL prolonging political division in Libya? Nassia wonders

The Chairman of the Dialogue Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) Abdul Salam Nassia expressed his surprise at what he described as the disregard of the UNSMIL for the progress made in the unification of the executive authority issue. Continuer à lire … « Is UNSMIL prolonging political division in Libya? Nassia wonders »