Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Libya: Monkey prompts clashes, 16 dead

November 21, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"A weekend tribal battle in Sabha, Libya, allegedly prompted by a monkey pulling off a woman's headscarf, has killed 16 people, officials said. Clashes between the Gadadfah and Awlad Sulaiman tribes in the southern Libyan city injured another 60 since Thursday. Residents say the battles began when the pet monkey of a Gaddadfah shopkeeper attacked a group of girls walking past the shop. The monkey bit and scratched one girl, pulling off her headscarf, and men from the Awlad Sulaiman tribe retaliated by killing three Gaddadfah members, the Libyan Express reported Sunday." (11/21/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/21/Monkey-prompts-clashes-in-Libya-16-dead/4831479733033/  

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Libya: Hifter loyalists recapture key oil terminals from militia

September 12, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"Libyan forces loyal to a powerful general on Sunday recaptured two key oil terminals from militias in a surprise attack, according to officials familiar with the operation. They said forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who heads the Libyan National Army, took over the Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra terminals on Libya's Mediterranean coast and were battling militias at a third terminal, al-Zueitina. ... Hifter enjoys the support of several Arab nations, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, as well as European nations like France. He is allied with the parliament based in eastern Libya, which refuses to recognize a newly-formed, U.N.-backed government." (09/11/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-09-11/libyan-troops-recapture-key-oil-terminals-from-militia  

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Libya: Parliament backs no confidence vote in government

August 23, 2016
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Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]    

"The Libyan parliament has approved a no confidence motion in the country's UN-backed government. The development is a major blow to international efforts to resolve the crisis in the deeply divided North African country. ... It is unclear what happens next. Some politicians claim the vote should automatically dissolve the government set up under a UN deal, while its supporters dispute such a move." (08/22/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/libyan-parliament-backs-no-confidence-vote-in-government-34985297.html  

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Libya: US-backed regime forces allegedly seize Islamic State HQ in Sirte

August 11, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they captured its university complex on Wednesday as well as the Ouagadougou Convention Complex in Sirte that ISIS had been using as a base but lost one of their warplanes over the city. ... Forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government launched their campaign for Sirte in May. On Aug. 1, the United States began air strikes to help them advance against militants encircled in the center of the Mediterranean coastal city." (08/10/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/libyan-forces-seized-isis-headquarters-sirte-2016-8  

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Libya: Car bomb targets regime forces in Benghazi, kills 22

August 3, 2016
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Reuters    

"A car bomb targeting security forces in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least 22 people and wounded 20 on Tuesday, a commander of the forces and medical officials said. The blast occurred in a residential area in the Guwarsha district, the scene of fighting between security forces loyal to Libya's eastern government and an alliance of Islamists and other opponents. The alliance, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, said it had carried out the attack, according to a statement posted on media sites linked to the group. It claimed that 28 people were killed and as many as 70 wounded." (08/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-benghazi-idUSKCN10D273  

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Libya: US begins new airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets

August 1, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"The U.S. began a new campaign of airstrikes in Libya on Monday, four defense officials told NBC News. The strikes will target ISIS in and around Sirte, a city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that has become an ISIS stronghold in the country, the officials said." (08/01/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/u-s-begins-new-airstrike-campaign-against-isis-targets-libya-n620906  

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Libya: Three French troops killed in helicopter crash

July 20, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Three French soldiers have died in Libya after their helicopter was shot down, President Francois Hollande says. The soldiers were killed while carrying out 'dangerous intelligence operations,' Mr Hollande said. Earlier on Wednesday, French defence ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed for the first time that its special forces were in Libya. On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter." ()7/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36843186  

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US House: Benghazi committee releases final report

June 28, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee released their long-awaited report this morning on the events surrounding the 2012 Libya terror attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The report says there was intelligence leading up to the attacks that the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex there were not safe, and that top officials in the U.S. State Department, including Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, should have realized that. It is also critical of top officials' deliberations during the attack and the lack of troop mobilization as it unfolded." (06/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/benghazi-committee-releases-final-report/story?id=40171034  

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Clinton e-mail on Libyan conquest: We came, we saw, we got oil

June 23, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ann Garrison  

"Most anyone paying serious attention knew that there was a lot of blood for oil involved in the NATO War on Libya but now we have confirmation in the Wikileaks searchable database of Hillary Clinton's private e-mails, which were made available in response to a Freedom of Information Act request." (06/23/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/23/clinton-e-mail-on-libyan-conquest-we-came-we-saw-we-got-oil/  

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Libya: Clashes, depot blast kill more than 60

June 22, 2016
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Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star    

"Fierce clashes in Libya between pro-government militiamen and Islamic State militants in the city of Sirte and an explosion at a depot near the capital, Tripoli, left more than 60 dead in just one day, a spokesman and a Libyan state news agency reported Wednesday. In Sirte, the last bastion of the Islamic State group in the North African country, Tuesday's clashes killed 36 militiamen aligned with the newly-UN brokered government. ... Meanwhile, the state LANA news agency said an explosion at a depot on Tuesday in the town of Garabuli, near Tripoli, followed clashes with militias and killed 29 civilians." (06/22/16)

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/libya-clashes-blast-at-a-depot-kill-more-than/article_8a6d3e8b-8b82-5846-bd71-3ea2eefdfbd0.html  

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Libya: Bomb kills ten west of Islamic State’s besieged stronghold

June 17, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"A suicide car bomber hit a Libyan police station west of the besieged Islamic State stronghold of Sirte on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding seven, officials said. The attack at Abu Grain, on the coast road some 140 km (85 miles) west of Sirte and 100 km south of Misrata, showed the militants, although on the back foot in the battle for Sirte, can still strike outside the city. Brigades from Misrata are leading the campaign to recapture Sirte and have engaged in fire fights with Islamic State since pushing to the edge of the city centre last week." (06/16/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/libya-islamic-state-suicide-bombing-abu-grain-2857182/  

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How Clinton encouraged Obama’s biggest blunder

April 13, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman  

"Barack Obama recently said that his biggest blunder was 'failing to plan for the day after' his intervention in Libya. While he defended the intervention itself, the president cannot deny that his reckless war has had disastrous consequences, including a growing ISIS presence in Libya. Hillary Clinton eagerly pressured the president to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates recalls that, 'The president told me that it was one of the closest decisions he'd ever made, sort of 51-49, and I'm not sure that he would've made that decision if Secretary Clinton hadn't supported it.' After overthrowing Gaddafi, Clinton proclaimed triumph, saying 'We came. We saw. He died.' The U.S. intervention killed a dictator, but it certainly didn’t bring freedom or security to Libya." (04/12/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44517  

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More western military meddling in Libya is a bad idea

April 5, 2016
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Unbelievably, after causing the chaos in Libya by overthrowing Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the United States is about to lead another Western military intervention designed to unify the country to fight ISIS's strongest cell outside Iraq and Syria, which has arisen from the post-Gaddafi anarchy. Repeating the same mistake will only make a bad situation worse." (04/05/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/04/04/western-military-meddling-libya-bad-idea/  

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Skin in the game: Obama and the destruction of Libya

March 15, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Wight  

"Of the many crimes committed in the name of humanitarian intervention by the West, the destruction of Libya in 2011 is among the most heinous. It was a classic example of 'destroying the village in order to save it' that will and must never be forgotten. ... So damning is the evidence of the crime committed against Libya and its people by those who claim to act in the name of freedom and civilization that one of those responsible, President Obama, is now seeking to deny his guilt." (03/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/15/skin-in-the-game-obama-and-the-destruction-of-libya/  

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Exposing the Libyan agenda: A closer look at Hillary’s emails

March 14, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ellen Brown  

"US-NATO intervention was allegedly undertaken on humanitarian grounds, after reports of mass atrocities; but human rights organizations questioned the claims after finding a lack of evidence. Today, however, verifiable atrocities are occurring. ... The Secretary of State's victory lap was indeed premature, if what we're talking about is the officially stated goal of humanitarian intervention. But her newly-released emails reveal another agenda behind the Libyan war; and this one, it seems, was achieved." (03/14/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/14/exposing-the-libyan-agenda-a-closer-look-at-hillarys-emails/  

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Libya: How Hillary Clinton destroyed a country

March 4, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"'We came, we saw, he died,' exclaimed an ebullient Hillary Clinton, as she exulted over the horrific death of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, who was sodomized with a bayonet before being brutally murdered by rampaging militiamen. Visiting Tripoli, the Libyan capital, the American Secretary of State was eager to take credit for the 'liberation' of yet another Muslim country by Western powers acting in concert. ... These days, however, out on the campaign trail, Mrs. Clinton is not quite so eager to take ownership of what can only be characterized as an unmitigated disaster, a case history dramatizing the perils of 'liberal' interventionism from inception to bloody denouement." (03/04/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/03/libya-how-hillary-clinton-destroyed-a-country/  

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Intervention fail: Back to Libya

February 22, 2016
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"We were told that the US had to intervene to overthrow Gaddafi so that democracy and human rights could flourish, yet five years after the US-led intervention no one would argue that the country is better off. Instead of bringing Libya democracy, US intervention brought Libya ISIS. So now the US has to go back and bomb Libya some more to take care of ISIS. Will this work? No. Logic tells us you cannot do more of what caused a problem and expect it to fix the problem." (02/22/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-intervention-fail-back-libya  

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Libya: Unity government proposed in new peace effort

February 15, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Delegates from rival Libyan factions proposed a new unity government Sunday for the chaotic country, after months of U.N. mediation and the rejection of a previous Cabinet proposal. If approved by Libya's internationally recognized parliament, a new unity government could eventually seek international military intervention against Islamic State extremists who have taken advantage of the country's political vacuum since 2014." (02/14/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/unity-government-proposed-libya-peace-effort-36937941  

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The US intervention in Libya was such a smashing success that a sequel is coming

January 27, 2016
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Just as there was no al Qaeda or ISIS to attack in Iraq until the U.S. bombed its government, there was no ISIS in Libya until NATO bombed it. Now the U.S. is about to seize on the effects of its own bombing campaign in Libya to justify an entirely new bombing campaign in that same country." (01/27/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/27/the-u-s-intervention-in-libya-was-such-a-smashing-success-that-a-sequel-is-coming/  

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Libya: We’re about to return to the crime scene

January 27, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Backed by the UN, the US and its allies insist that Libya must remain just as it was when it was created by the Western powers after World War II. Yet 'Libya' has no historical basis for its existence: even its name is an invention of its Italian conquerors, imposed at the turn of the twentieth century. Left to themselves, both the eastern and western regions would soon deal with a supposedly expanding Islamic State presence. But that isn't permitted: the 'Libyans' must follow the Western prescription of 'unity' at all costs. After all, it's easier to control one government than two: and who will make sure those lucrative oil contracts are handed out to the right Western companies?" (01/27/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/01/26/libya-were-about-to-return-to-the-crime-scene/  

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Libya: Presidential council names new government amid divisions

January 20, 2016
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Reuters    

"Libya's Presidential Council announced a new government on Tuesday aimed at uniting the country's warring factions, though two of its nine members rejected it in a sign of continuing divisions over its U.N.-backed plan for a political transition. Western powers hope the new government will deliver stability to Libya and tackle a growing threat from Islamic State militants, but critics say the agreement was forced through too quickly and does not evenly represent the country's groups and factions." (01/19/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/libya-security-politics-idINL8N15317S  

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Libya: Truck bombing kills at least 60 policemen, wounds 200

January 7, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A massive truck bomb exploded near a police base in the western Libyan town of Zliten on Thursday, killing at least 60 policemen and wounding around 200 others, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but a local Islamic State affiliate has been trying to gain a foothold in Zliten, spreading westward from its central stronghold in the city of Sirte along the North African country's coast." (01/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/libya-truck-bomb-kills-60-policemen-wounds-200-36138496  

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Libya: Suicide bombers kill two guards at al-Sidra oil port

January 4, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Islamic State has killed two security guards and set an oil storage tank ablaze in a suicide car bombing at Libya's largest oil port. The battle in Al-Sidra saw two suicide bombers blow themselves up at a military checkpoint while other ISIS militants involved in the coordinated attack were pushed back by government soldiers. ISIS has been trying to push east from its stronghold of Sirte for several weeks to reach the country's 'oil crescent,' where main oil terminals such as Al-Sidra and Ras Lanouf are based." (01/04/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384000/Two-security-guards-killed-failed-ISIS-attack-Libyan-oil-port-suicide-bombers-detonate-blowing-storage-tank.html  

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Libya: Rival regimes shun UN, sign separate peace deal

December 7, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Lawmakers from Libya's rival parliaments have reached a power-sharing agreement in Tunisia, shunning a U.N.-brokered deal to avoid the 'foreign intervention' tainting it, an internationally recognized government representative said Sunday. However, it appeared the deal had failed to gain broad acceptance by either side, with representatives from both parliaments coming out to slam the newly minted agreement. ... If successful, Sunday's deal would see the formation of two 10-member committees, with both camps enjoying equal representation. One committee would name a prime minister and two deputies -- one from each body -- in the next two weeks. The trio would then form the unity Cabinet. The other committee would draft a constitution and prepare for parliamentary elections within two years." (12/06/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/libyas-rival-governments-shun-sign-separate-peace-deal-35608248  

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Libya: Top Islamic State leader allegedly killed by US airstrike

November 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"The head of a Libyan Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate was killed during an airstrike on Friday, the Pentagon said. A U.S. airstrike targeted leader Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, also known asAbu Nabil, at a compound in Derna. He was 'longtime al-Qaeda operative and the senior Islamic State of Iraq,' the Department of Defense said in a statement. 'Reporting suggests Nabil may have been the spokesman in ISIL's [sic] February Coptic Christian execution video,' the news release said." (11/15/15)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1900200-top-isis-leader-in-libya-killed-by-us-airstrike/  

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