UN envoy for Libya sets sights on institutions as way to unite country

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Five months after he was appointed to lead UN peace efforts in Libya, Ghassan Salame says he is focused on building institutions as a way to unite the country. The 66-year-old Lebanese-born academic told AFP in an interview that if state institutions can begin to work, Libya will finally change course after years of chaos since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. “The key to my approach is institutions,” Salame said. “If in a year or two, we can began to reunite, revive and ...

Libyan forces hit ISIS camp with air strike

Thursday, 16 November 2017

East Libyan forces said they launched air strikes against suspected ISIS militants on Wednesday south of the group’s former stronghold of Sirte. “The Libyan air force struck and destroyed the biggest concentration of Daesh (ISIS) south of Sirte, after monitoring the site over a period of time,” said Sherif al-Awami, an air force commander with the Libyan National Army. The site contained a large camp with military vehicles and stocks of petrol and ...

Algerian foreign minister says region under threat after ISIS defeats

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping ISIS defeats in Iraq and Syria.Messahel spoke at a news conference in Cairo after a meeting with his Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts, Sameh Shoukry and Khemaies Jhinaoui, over Libya.ISIS rose to prominence in the chaos of Syria’s conflict, which broke out in 2011 with protests against President Bashar al-Assad.After its explosive rise in 2014 and conquest of vast ...

UN evacuates first group of refugees from Libya to Niger

Monday, 13 November 2017

A group of 25 refugees have beenevacuated from Libya to Niger to have resettlement claims processed, in the first operation of its kind from the North African country, the United Nations said on Sunday. The move is part of efforts to provide protection for refugees and other vulnerable migrants who travel to Libya, often intending to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to Italy. Many are trapped in smuggling networks or detention centres where they are exposed to a range of abuses including rape ...

US drone strike in Somalia kills ‘several’ al-Shabab militants

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The United States military said on Saturday it has carried out a new drone strike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia, killing “several” militants. A statement by the US Africa Command said the strike was carried out Friday night in Lower Shabelle region, about 32 kilometers north of the capital, Mogadishu. It came a day after another strike in the Bay Region, about 100 miles west of Mogadishu. Friday’s airstrike was the 23rd the US military has carried out this ...

Military official says united Libyan army a possibility

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Official spokesperson to the Libyan army, Colonel Ahmad al-Mismary, said that an agreement has been reached between Libyan parties at the Cairo talks and will be announced soon. The talks included representatives from the national Libyan army led by Khalifa Haftar and national army representatives of the Government of National Accord. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Mismary said that most points of despute have been resolved to a great degree. Concerned parties have also come to a decision about ...

Alleged Benghazi attacker appears before US judge

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A Libyan accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic complex in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador, appeared Friday before a federal judge in Washington. Mustafa al-Imam, who authorities said is approximately 46 years old, had been days earlier captured in Libya by American commandos. Dressed in an orange prison suit, he was officially informed via a translator of criminal charges that include killing a person during an attack on a federal ...

Four foreigners working at power plant kidnapped in Libya, official says

Friday, 3 November 2017

Four foreign engineers working for the Turkish construction firm Enka were kidnapped in southwest Libya on Friday, a Libyan state electricity official said. The men, who were Turkish and South African, were seized while travelling from the airport in the town of Ubari to a power plant they were helping to build, the official said, asking not to be named. There was no immediate indication who had abducted them. Kidnapping is rife across Libya, which has been in turmoil ...

One killed, two hurt in Morocco tourist town shooting

Friday, 3 November 2017

One man was shot dead and two others were hurt in a tourist area of Marrakesh, authorities in Morocco said, adding that it appeared to be a local settling of scores. Two attackers wearing balaclavas shot the victim at a cafe in the town, a popular destination for foreign visitors. The man, who was hit in the head, died instantly. The two assailants also injured two other people in a hail of bullets before they fled on a motorbike, local authorities said. Initial investigations indicate that the ...

UK asks Libya to extradite brother of Manchester bomber

Thursday, 2 November 2017

British police investigating the deadly concert bombing in Manchester earlier this year said Wednesday they had requested the extradition of the attacker’s brother from Libya.Salman Abedi killed 22 people when he detonated a suicide bomb after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, Britain’s worst terror attack in more than a decade.Manchester-born to Libyan parents, Abedi is believed to have travelled to Libya in the run-up to the May 22 bombing. Greater Manchester Police said they ...

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