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Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Libya strongman Haftar has U.S. backing, experts say

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:43 PM

By refusing to condemn an airstrike on a detention center that killed dozens of migrants blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar by his rivals, Washington is showing whose side it is on

A picture taken in Tripoli on June 29, 2019, shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) displaying precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan. The United States said it was looking into a report that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The missiles were apparently discovered earlier this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan in a surprise attack, seizing the main supply base for Haftar's Tripoli offensive. AFP

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

May 22, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city center as the most intense fighting took place since May 6, when the holy Muslim month of Ramadan started

Fighters loyal to the Libyan internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a heavy machine gun during clashes against forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on May 21, 2019 in the Salah al-Din area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Despite a UN embargo, weapons are still flowing into Libya where an assault on the capital by Haftar threatens to escalate into a proxy war between regional powers. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is allied with an administration in eastern Libya, is supported especially by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Blow to Libya unity government as rival seizes offices

Oct 15, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The head of the former Government of National Salvation proclaims its reinstatement from the offices of a key consultative body of the Government of National Accord

Libya forces seize oil terminals in blow to unity gov't

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Unless there is a very quick mediation this could lead to conflict and a final blow to Libya s oil industry says expert Mattia Toaldo

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 8, 2016 shows smoke billowing from a petroleum storage tank after a fire was extinguished following fighting at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called "oil crescent" along Libya's northern coast.  Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar on September 11, 2016 said they had seized the Al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) struggles to assert its authority over the oil-rich country. Haftar's forces took the two terminals -- together capable of handling 700,000 barrels of oil per day -- from installation guards loyal to the GNA. The terminals had been closed for months following attacks in January by the jihadist Islamic State group, who took advantage of turmoil after the 2011 uprising to gain a foothold in the country.   / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Libyan forces push into last ISIS-held areas of Sirte

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:55 PM

About 1 000 pro GNA fighters are taking part in the battle for Sirte says spokesman Reda Issa

Members of the forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) walk toward their position in the coastal city of Sirte, east of the capital Tripoli, prior to their military operation to clear the Islamic State group's (IS) jihadists from the city on August 28, 2016. GNA forces who for more than three months have been pressing an offensive to retake Sirte from IS, pushed into the last areas of the city held by the group in what was the jihadists' coastal stronghold.     / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Apr 13, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The trip would be the first by a cabinet level US official to Taiwan since 2000 when then US president Bill Clinton sent transportation secretary Rodney Slater