Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya

13/07/2020 – The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressed the necessity of ridding Libya of foreign mercenaries, calling on the international community to back the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA). Continuer à lire … « Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya »

German Bundeswehr Renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali

13/07/2020 – Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. Continuer à lire … « German Bundeswehr Renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali »

Libyan Army Says ‘Ready for Any Military Act’

11/07/2020 – The Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar has pledged to deter Turkish forces that are backing Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya’s war.

The LNA is “ready for any military act,” it announced on Friday.

Its statement came as Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted force majeure on all oil exports as a Vitol tanker loaded at Es Sider after a half-year standstill.

« The increase in production will take a long time, » NOC said.

NOC chief Mustafa Sanalla welcomed the resumption of oil production, saying: « We are very glad finally to be able to take this important step to national recovery. »

The US embassy hailed news that the NOC had lifted force majeure « and resumed its vital work on behalf of all Libyans. »

It vowed to cooperate with the UN mission in Libya to ensure « revenues are not misappropriated but rather preserved for the benefit of the Libyan people ».

France’s embassy also rejected « the militarization of oil installations » and stressed « the importance of preserving NOC neutrality ».

Libya produced 1.22 million barrels per day (bpd) before January and had planned to increase production to 2.1 million bpd by 2024, the NOC said this week.

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Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) |Photo illustration : Author: AFP

France admits political support for Haftar, denies military backup

09/07/2020 – The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris provided Khalifa Haftar political support but not military one, adding that his country is giving Haftar’s forces political consultations, according to Le Figaro. Continuer à lire … « France admits political support for Haftar, denies military backup »

« Information for the Iraqi Intelligence Service », increases Baghdad’s uncertainty in the Libyan conflict

10/07/2020 – It is remarkable that the Iraqi government doesn’t not take place in the Libyan conflict scene, the most critical and dangerous political-military conflict in the Middle East; despite Iraq’s important political weight in the region. Continuer à lire … « « Information for the Iraqi Intelligence Service », increases Baghdad’s uncertainty in the Libyan conflict »

Libya – Sirte-Jufra Operations Room declares Abu Grein to Buwairat Hasson area military zone

10/07/2020 – The Sirte-Jufra Protection and Security Operations Room of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has declared the areas of Abu Grein, Al-Wishka and Buwairat Hasson as a military zone, saying in a statement that movements aren’t allowed in the zone. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Sirte-Jufra Operations Room declares Abu Grein to Buwairat Hasson area military zone »

Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry

10/07/2020 – The kingdom will grant licenses for the manufacture of weapons and military and security equipment and for their export.

Morocco is seeking to modernise its armed forces and further develop its domestic military industry, a development experts say is achievable and even inevitable considering regional and international turbulence.Morocco is set to increase its defence budget in support of this ambition. On Monday, the kingdom announced related decisions taken during the Council of Ministers, chaired by  Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Continuer à lire … « Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry »

Israel Shipyards Announces Agreement with African Navy for Supply of Two OPV 45 Offshore Patrol Vessels

09/07/2020 – Israel Shipyards ‒ one of the largest privately owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean ‒ announces an agreement with an African navy for the supply of two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels. The vessels were designed for a wide range of missions, including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region. Continuer à lire … « Israel Shipyards Announces Agreement with African Navy for Supply of Two OPV 45 Offshore Patrol Vessels »

Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 returns home after maintenance in Germany

09/07/2020 – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received an ATR 42 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft back from Germany after it underwent maintenance with Rheinland Air Service (RAS). Continuer à lire … « Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 returns home after maintenance in Germany »

Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security: FM Shoukry at UN Security Council meeting on Libya

09/07/2020 – ‘We call on the international community to face the danger of the terrorist organisations in Libya,’ he said, adding that the Islamic State terrorist organisation has resurfaced once again in some Western Libyan cities.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security. Continuer à lire … « Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security: FM Shoukry at UN Security Council meeting on Libya »