Libya’s LNA ready to sign ceasefire agreement but Tripoli is unwilling — Lavrov

08/07/2020 – The Libyan National Army (LNA) is ready to sign the immediate ceasefire treaty, but the government in Tripoli is unwilling to do so, as it counts on the military solution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday following the videoconference with his counterparts from the African Union trio (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt and South Africa). Continuer à lire … « Libya’s LNA ready to sign ceasefire agreement but Tripoli is unwilling — Lavrov »

Rafale attacks on Turkish targets in al-Watiya airbase: Egyptian or French?

06/07/2020 – Informed sources told The Arab Weekly that the warplanes that targeted al-Watiya airbase in western Libya were Rafale jets, which limits the identity of the attacking power to France and Egypt, the two countries within the range of the base that possess this type of aircraft.The sources considered the attack a quick response to Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar’s visit to Tripoli, which reflected the extent of Turkish persistence in western Libya. Continuer à lire … « Rafale attacks on Turkish targets in al-Watiya airbase: Egyptian or French? »

Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources

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 »

U.S. discusses DDR with Hafter’s LNA

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 »

Erdogan’s Syrian mercenaries: who is fighting for Turkish interests in Libya

27/06/2020 – In December 2019, Turkey signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of defense and security with the Tripolitan Government of National Accord, and from that moment, Ankara has been actively involved in the Libyan conflict.

The first reports of Turkey recruiting mercenaries for the Libyan conflict on the side of the PNS appeared in December 2019, when a party of militants supported by Turkey’s “Syrian National Army” (SNA) arrived at training camps in Turkey. They were recruited in the areas of the Turkish operations Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch and Source of Peace. Continuer à lire … « Erdogan’s Syrian mercenaries: who is fighting for Turkish interests in Libya »

UAE-contracted arms dealer accused of smuggling mercenaries to Libya

28/04/2020-  Malta’s judiciary accused a local arms dealer – contracted by an Emirati company – of violating the sanctions imposed on Libya.

Times of Malta newspaper reported on Saturday that arms dealer James Fenish, 41, used military rubber boats to get mercenaries out of Libya without notifying the authorities. Continuer à lire … « UAE-contracted arms dealer accused of smuggling mercenaries to Libya »

Libyan Pantsir-S1 air defence systems have apparently destroyed a dozen Turkish UAVs

16/04/2020 – It appears the Pantsir-S1 air defence systems delivered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Libya have been used to shoot down over a dozen Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Continuer à lire … « Libyan Pantsir-S1 air defence systems have apparently destroyed a dozen Turkish UAVs »

Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase

25/03/2020 – An intense bombardment shook Tripoli through the night and a new battle erupted at an airbase outside the capital, hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic. Continuer à lire … « Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase »

Four Turkish soldiers and a mercenary leader killed in Libya

23/03/2020 – Libyan National Army (LNA) forces responded to an attack by Turkish forces in the capital, Tripoli, and destroyed an ACV-15 Turkish armored vehicle.

“We offered the enemies the armored vehicle and corpses, but they refused to receive them, claiming those inside the Turkish vehicle are not Libyans,” Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said. Continuer à lire … « Four Turkish soldiers and a mercenary leader killed in Libya »

Sudanese militias play instrumental role in Libya’s conflict

18/01/2020- Ahead of fresh talks in Berlin this weekend to broker a peace deal for Libya, a key issue on the table will be the divisive influence of foreign militias and actors. The fall of Omar al-Bashir’s regime in Sudan has been particularly destabilising, explain Nina Pouls and Umberto Profazio.
Continuer à lire … « Sudanese militias play instrumental role in Libya’s conflict »