Armed faction takes over protection of Libyan oil and gas complex, fresh concern over migrants

By Ahmed Elumami SABRATHA, Libya, Oct 8 : An armed alliance involved in a three-week battle over the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha said on Saturday it had taken over protection of the Mellitah oil and gas terminal after expelling a rival group. An organisation called the Operations Room and its allies have been fighting […]

Islamic State set up Libyan desert army after losing Sirte – prosecutor

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI, Sept 28 : Islamic State militants in Libya set up a desert army composed of at least three brigades after the lost their stronghold of Sirte last year, a senior prosecutor said on Thursday. Hundreds of militants are believed to have escaped from Sirte before or during the seven-month campaign to […]

Rescued migrants say lucky to dodge Libyan coastal clampdown

By Antonio Denti ABOARD AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP, Sept 19 : Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols along the Western coast of Libya that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy since July. Last month, Reuters reported that an armed group was stopping departures […]

Libyan premier, rival eastern commander to meet in Paris – source

By Patrick Markey CAIRO, Jul 23 : The head of Libya’s UN-backed government will hold talks in Paris this week with a powerful military commander who has so far rejected his authority, a diplomatic source said. The talks between Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and commander Khalifa Haftar are aimed at stabilising the oil-producing country, which […]

Libya’s humanitarian situation must be factor in any talk of curbing oil output-NOC

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Jul 10 : Libya’s political, humanitarian and economic problems must be considered in any discussions about capping the country’s rising oil production, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday. Libya is exempt from production cuts decided by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. The nation’s oil […]

Libya’s eastern commander declares victory in battle for Benghazi

By Ayman Al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Jul 5 : Libya’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said today his forces had taken full control of Libya’s second city Benghazi from rival armed groups after a three-year campaign. The battle for Benghazi between Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and an array of Islamist militants and other fighters has […]