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 »

How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict

20/01/2020 – Since the 2011 NATO-backed revolt in Libya that ended 42 years of rule by strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the oil-rich North African country has been in perpetual turmoil. The latest phase began in April, when military commander Khalifa Haftar and his forces marched on the capital Tripoli determined to unseat the internationally backed government located there. The battle for the city accelerated interventions in Libya by Russia and neighboring countries as they maneuver to shape the future of the OPEC member state. More than 2,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by the fighting for Tripoli. In January, Russia and Turkey, which opposing factions, pushed the rival sides to accept a ceasefire. Continuer à lire … « How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict »

Turkey sending 2,000 Syrian fighters to Libya – the Guardian

17/01/2020 – Some 650 fighters from Turkish-backed rebel groups in Syria are in Libya already, and a further 1,350 crossed to Turkey in January to prepare to support the Tripoli government, the Guardian newspaper said on Wednesday.

Media reports said that Turkey had begun sending Syrian fighters to the north African country after Ankara signed a military cooperation deal with Tripoli in November, but the number was previously believed to be much lower. Continuer à lire … « Turkey sending 2,000 Syrian fighters to Libya – the Guardian »

Libya / EU – Foreign Ministry postpones EU officials’ visit to Tripoli

06/01/2020 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to postpone the visit of the European Union’s foreign policy chief to Libya, along with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Italy, and Germany until further notice, « in view of the current circumstances, » according to a statement by the ministry today.

The visit of the EU officials to Tripoli was scheduled for Tuesday to discuss with the Chairman of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj the developing situation in Libya.

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Turkey, Libya may contract international firms to search for hydrocarbons in eastern Med

05/01/2020 – Turkey and Libya could work with international companies to search for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, following a deal between Ankara and the Tripoli-based government on maritime borders.In November, Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey clinched a deal on drilling for natural gas, in a step Ankara said aimed to defend its rights in the region.

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Syrian rebels reportedly part of Turkish contingent to be sent to defend Libya’s government in Tripoli

27/12/2019 – Turkish authorities are preparing to send troops and naval forces to defend Libya’s internationally recognised government against eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, amid reports Ankara-backed Syrian rebels would be among the soldiers deployed to Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Syrian rebels reportedly part of Turkish contingent to be sent to defend Libya’s government in Tripoli »

Libya – Al-Sweihli calls on GNA to cut ties with UAE for backing Haftar’s attack on Tripoli

11/10/2019 – The ex-head of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdelrahman Al-Sweihli has called on the Government of National Accord (GNA) to sever all relations with the UAE for its support for Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Al-Sweihli calls on GNA to cut ties with UAE for backing Haftar’s attack on Tripoli »