22/08/2020 – Reliable sources have told the Syrian Observatory that the Turkish government continues recruitment operations, as a new batch of mercenaries has arrived in camps in Turkey to undergo military training courses and drills. These mercenaries have been recently recruited in areas in Aleppo and Idlib. However, the next destination has yet to be known whether they will be sent to Libya or another country. It is worth noting that such recruitment operations are still continuing, despite the recent Libyan-Libyan consensus. Continuer à lire … « Despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus, Turkish government continues recruitment operations »
07/08/2020 – Pictures circulating on social media suggest Russia may have deployed its S-400 air defence system in Libya, an analyst writing for Forbes said on Thursday.
Images posted online appear to show a large radar and vertical missile tubes near Ras Lanuf in eastern Libya. If they are part of Russia’s S-300 or S-400 system, “it could help tip the scales in the favour of Russia and its local allies against Turkish-backed forces,” defence analyst H I Sutton said. Continuer à lire … « Russia may have deployed S-400 air defence system in Libya »
27/07/2020 – Press sources confirmed on Friday the arrival of 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries from Libya to the city of Afrin, near the Syrian-Turkish border, noting that their deaths came in a clash among each other in mid-July south of Tripoli, in addition to that 9 other bodies were found in a cemetery in Tarhuna. Continuer à lire … « Libya / Syria : Afrin receives 6 bodies of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya »
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.
Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) |Photo illustration : Author: AFP
06/07/2020 – A simmering spat between Turkey and France over the Libyan conflict is exposing NATO’s limited ability to maintain order and cooperation in its ranks, Associated Press reported on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « NATO’s limits exposed by Turkey-France spat over Libya war »
06/07/2020 – Warplanes struck overnight at a strategic airbase in western Libya, according to a military source and a nearby resident. The attack happened at the al-Watiya base, which Turkey is reportedly seeking to use to establish a firmer foothold in the country. Continuer à lire … « Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources »
03/07/2020 – The U.S. State Department reported yesterday that it had held virtual talks the previous day with Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) on militia demobilization (DDR). The LNA talks follow on from similar talks held with the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli last week (Wednesday 24 June). Continuer à lire … « U.S. discusses DDR with Hafter’s LNA »
09/05/2020 – Turkish Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan and officials of the foreign missions of Turkish Intelligence visited Libya nearly a week ago to check on the developments there, according to sources. Continuer à lire … « Scoop: Turkish Intelligence Chief Visits Libya »
03/01/2020 – As Turkey prepares to deploy its armed forces to support the Tripoli government in Libya, their rivals in the Libyan National Army have called on civilians to take up arms against Turkish troops, the Associated Press reported. Continuer à lire … « Libyan National Army calls civilians to arms after Turkish deployment bill »
02/01/2020 – The Arab League called has called for prevention against foreign interference in war-torn Libya following military and maritime agreements signed by Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Arab League calls for foreign interference prevention in Libya after Turkey accords »