Forces loyal to east Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said today they had taken an air base in the south, boosting their presence in the vast Libyan desert. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army seized Al-Jufra base 500 kilometres south of Tripoli, LNA spokesman Khalifa al-Abidi said. The base had been occupied by the Benghazi Defence Brigades coalition, a rival to Haftar's forces that includes Islamists driven out of Libya's second city.Abidi said the LNA also took the nearby towns of Houn and Soukna where they found ammunition depots and vehicles.There was no immediate information about casualties.Haftar's forces now control all the major cities and military bases in the desert south of the North African country.On May 25, they seized the Tamenhant base near Sebha after driving out a militia loyal to the internationally recognised administration, the Tripoli-based of National Accord (GNA).The LNA had vowed to avenge an attack on its Brak al- Shati air base northeast of Tamenhant, in which 141 people including civilians were killed.The GNA condemned that deadly assault, said it had not ordered it and announced an inquiry.Libya has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with rival authorities and militias battling for control of the oil-rich country. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
June 03, 2017 18:45 UTC
Libya's Al-Ahli Tripoli crushed Zimbabwean CAPS United F.C on Friday 4-2 at a Harare-based stadium in Zimbabwe as part of second group's third round matches at CAF Champions League. The second half saw the fourth goal of Al-Ahli Tripoli at the minute 81 by Sameh Al-Derbali, who scored twice in the game. The Zimbabwean team tried to lessen the impact of the score and succeeded at the minute 87, when Ronald scored the first goal from a penalty and then at the minute 90, CAPS United scored the second goal to end the match 2-4 for Al-Ahli Tripoli. This win has made Al-Ahli Tripoli reach its fourth point in the group with 4 points registered in three matches, coming third in the group after Egypt's Zamalek and USM Alger successively. Zamalek drew with USM Alger 1-1 in the second game of the group last night reaching 5 points and USM Alger reaching 4 points with more goals than Al-Ahli Tripoli.
June 03, 2017 16:52 UTC
Pictured for the first time, this is the Libyan family home where suicide bomber Salman Abedi plotted the Manchester terror attack. Religious elders and neighbours have told of their horror at what Salman Abedi had doneImam Ayman Habbas told MailOnline: ‘Salman Abedi is nothing more than a killer, a monster. Abedi attended prayers five times a day with his father in the district of Ayn Zara, LibyaImam Ayman Habbas told MailOnline: ‘Salman Abedi is nothing more than a killer, a monster. He told MailOnline: ‘Ramadan [Abedi] used to come to this mosque to pray. Last movements: Salman Abedi pictured back in Britain in days preceding the attack on the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 that killed 22 people.
June 03, 2017 16:49 UTC
Dignity Operation senior leaders declared the capture of the entire Jufra district with all its towns in central Libya, including the strategic Jufra airbase. Seizing control of the city came after Dignity Operation forces, led by Khalifa Haftar, advanced peacefully as Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) had pulled out Saturday morning. "Dignity Operation forces entered Jufra airbase without armed clashes," confirmed Jufra mayor, Fouad Rashid. Sources from Hun town in Jufra city also said that Dignity Operation forces had the town under their control Saturday dawn, with a number of Dignity Operation military vehicles were seen positioned on the town's roads and entrances. On Friday, Dignity Operation forces seized Waddan town in Jufra as well after ferocious clashes with BDB forces, leaving several deaths and injuries.
June 03, 2017 16:17 UTC
The Libyan-Italian committee for fighting illegal immigration and smuggling agreed last Thursday to form a new joint commission to be tasked with controlling Libya's southern region and stem the influx of illegal immigrants. The new commission will be made up from personnel from Libya's southern border guards and Italian Defense Ministry personnel. Other agreements were also signed by Libya's General Directorate of Coasts Security, Libyan Immigration Administration and Italian Interior Ministry aiming to implement the training programs (theoretical and practical) for the Libyan coastguards. The agreements also include completion of maintenance works on Libya's boats, and provision of maritime cutting-edge equipment for the Libyan Coast Guard. Also in attendance were the Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, Head of Libyan-Italian committee, Abdullah Tumiya, Commander of Borders Guard, Nuri Al-Maryami, Chief of the Libyan General Directorate of Coast Security, Head of the operations room of the Libyan-Italian committee, Tariq Shanpour, commanders of southern borders, and heads of security departments from the southern region.
June 03, 2017 13:07 UTC
Clashes erupted in the oasis town of Waddan in Al-Jufra region on Friday between local gunmen and fighters from Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB), leaving seven gunmen and five BDB fighters killed. Local reports said BDB fighters were on the way to Al-Jufra Airbase after morning clashes against Dignity Operation forces when they were ambushed by gunmen loyal to Dignity Operation in Waddan. Dignity Operation forces, who are stationed in Zillah town, moved into Waddan after the clashes, while BDB fighters withdrew to Al-Jufra Airbase. It is split into five towns, namely Waddan, Zillah, Hun (its capital), Sawknah and Al-Fuqaha, in addition to an airbase. Zillah and Waddan are under the control of Dignity Operation.
June 02, 2017 22:18 UTC
Dignity Operation and its Egyptian ally conducted up to 10 airstrikes in Al-Jufra region in central Libya Thursday night targeting local forces affiliated with Al-Bonyan Al-Marsoos Operation in Hun and Sawkna towns. The airstrikes hit a military camp, a police station, the Passport Authority building and a farm, local media reported. Spokesperson of Dignity Operation Ahmed Al-Mismari claimed that their air force had targeted camps for “terrorist groups.”Following the airstrikes, ground forces of Dignity Operation attempted to enter Al-Jufra, but local brigades and Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) stationed in the region repelled them. Bushra News Agency, the media wing of BDB, claimed that Egyptian forces had arrived in Mabruk Oil Field, some 150km south of Sirte. Last week Dignity Operation fighter aircraft targeted Al-Wahat Hotel in Hun town, leaving around five people dead.
June 02, 2017 13:07 UTC
Surging U.S. production has put a strain on OPEC members' efforts to curb production to drain a global crude supply overhang and to prop up prices. “This outcome could increase the supply-side equation from the United States and complicate OPEC’s forward projections. However, U.S. crude production rose to 9.34 million bpd last week, up nearly 500,000 bpd from a year ago. But crude production is slowly but surely going to neutralize the (OPEC-led)production cut,” said Sukrit Vijayakar, director of energy consultancy Trifecta. Libya’s oil production has risen to 827,000 bpd after technical problems were resolved at the Sharara field.
June 02, 2017 03:22 UTC
The Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government ordered the formation of seven military zones in Libya, naming them as: Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk, Sabha, Al-Kufra, Central Region, and Western Region. The ordinance that was signed by Fayez Al-Sirraj said the seven zones will be under the command of the Libyan army and the General Staff of the Presidential Council. "The military zones will be tasked with security and stability in each area. It also ordered the General Staff to provide all the needs for the military zones - equipment and personnel - and the Defense Ministry to provide financial support to reshape the military units in those zones. The ordinance remains weak amid many questions regarding whether or not the PC can exact its decision on the ground.
June 01, 2017 17:37 UTC
Member of Egypt's House of Representatives for the Minya province, Emad Jad, has declared that the gunmen who attacked a bus of Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya have no links to Libya or Derna. Speaking to a local TV channel on Monday, he said the attackers are from the neighboring villages of Minya in the Upper Egypt district and all locals know this very well. “I met with Minya locals and I sat with the bishop who told me that the attackers came from the neighboring villages, but not from Libya or Derna.” He stated. Last week, around 10 masked attackers dressed in military uniforms ambushed a bus of Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya, killing 29. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in an online statement that it had been carried out by one of its affiliates.
June 01, 2017 14:15 UTC
The Director of the Budget Balancing Fund Jamal Shebani said that goods contracted for the benefit of consumer associations and sales centers at cost prices had begun to arrive at warehouses of the port of Tripoli. Shebani called on citizens to commit to registration in the system as soon as possible on the electronic associations system. Shebani noted that the Fund will cease to take new registrations on the eighth of June as distribution will start on the first batch of goods that reached its stores.
June 01, 2017 13:07 UTC
The Military Region of Tripoli and the Training Department of the Libyan intelligence Service, took control of five military camps in the Hadba, Salahuddin and Khallet al-Furjan areas on Wednesday. The camps received by the Presidency of the Tripoli Military Region came from the Tripoli revolutionaries Brigade along with some other security Brigades. The military camps are the Headquarters of the Military College in Hadba, the Yarmouk Air Defense Camp, the Air Defense Operations Room and the Training Camp of the Libyan Intelligence Service.
June 01, 2017 12:56 UTC
Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE According to CNN and Fox, two US officials say Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris agreement. (Photo: JUSTIN LANE, EPA)If President Trump makes good on a campaign pledge to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, the nation will be allied — environmentally speaking — with Nicaragua and Syria. Trump said via Twitter Wednesday night that he will announce his decision on the climate change pact at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. Syria, heavily sanctioned by the U.N. over human rights violations amid a civil conflict in the nation, flatly refused to commit to climate emissions control. Even the rogue hermit nation of North Korea ratified the Paris agreement, as well as its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol.
May 31, 2017 22:28 UTC
Bombing the camps in Libya is seen as a diversion for a failure to defeat Islamists inside Egypt. “The attacks in Minya were claimed by Islamic State, and there are Islamic State elements active in Libya, but the reports coming indicate Cairo is targeting other groups,” said H.A. Bombing the camps in Libya is seen as a diversion for a failure to defeat Islamists inside Egypt. “All the horrific terrorism that is happening inside Egypt has purely domestic drivers and probably would be happening if Islamic State did not exist. When Sisi announced the first round of air strikes on television on Friday, he implored Trump to support him.
May 31, 2017 16:07 UTC
IS militants executed a young man from Bani Walid by firing squad after he had been abducted days ago in Garza district, nearby Man-Made River road. "He was missing for days after clashes between Bani Walid security patrol and IS militants." Bani Walid Security Brigade clashes with IS diehards while on duty in the valleys in the city. They are all positioned in the vicinity of Bani Walid. IS terrorists are taking the edge of the geographical nature of Bani Walid, getting out of their hideouts every now and then to conduct some terrorist turbulence.
May 31, 2017 12:45 UTC