Archive for the ‘Magreb’ Category

Huge trench dug by Russia’s Wagner Group may derail Libya peace process: Report

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Huge trench dug by Russia’s Wagner Group may derail Libya peace process: Report

Libya entered 2020 in midst of full-blown war between rival GNA and Haftar’s National Libyan Army (AFP/File photo) Russia-backed Wagner Group mercenaries are digging an enormous trench in war-torn Libya, potentially threatening to derail a UN-brokered peace deal, CNN reported.

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Tunisia’s Islamist party triggers alarm with street vigilante suggestion

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Tunisia’s Islamist party triggers alarm with street vigilante suggestion

Saida Garrach, a former adviser to the late President Beji Caid Essebsi, reacted to Harouni’s statements by saying that “the state protects Tunisians, not the militias of parties and their offshoots.” The head of Ennahda’s Shura Council Abdulkarim Harouni drew angry reactions from politicians this week after calling on “sons of the movement” to confront […]

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Sarraj shields himself with Libyan warlords against Bashagha and any unsatisfactory settlement drive

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Sarraj shields himself with Libyan warlords against Bashagha and any unsatisfactory settlement drive

Sources say the GNA leader is coordinating with warlords and militia leaders after the failure of his recent visit to Rome. The head of the Libyan presidential council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, sent a clear message Monday to Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and the UN mission and its head Stephanie […]

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Libyans restart talks in Morocco, process remains precarious

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Comments Off on Libyans restart talks in Morocco, process remains precarious

The meeting in the Moroccan coastal town of Bouznika, south of the capital Rabat, brings together 13 representatives from the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, and 13 from the Tripoli-based High Council of State, which advises the GNA.

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Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Comments Off on Fire, blast at ammunition warehouse in western Libya kills 3

A fire, followed by an explosion at an ammunition warehouse at a naval academy in western Libya killed three people, including two officers, a Libyan spokesman said Wednesday.

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600 arrested as police, protesters clash in Tunisia

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on 600 arrested as police, protesters clash in Tunisia

The anti-government protests come 10 years after Tunisia’s revolution triggered pro-democracy uprisings across the region. Clashes between police and protesters in Tunisia continued on Monday, days after the North African country marked the 10th anniversary of the demonstrations that ousted longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and set off the region’s Arab Spring uprisings.

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Libyan leaders approve interim executive mechanism: UN

Saturday, January 23, 2021 Comments Off on Libyan leaders approve interim executive mechanism: UN

Libyan envoys at UN-backed talks to end nearly a decade of war voted Tuesday to pass the mechanism to choose an interim executive to govern until polls in December, the UN said.

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U.N. chief Guterres tries again to appoint a Libya mediator

Monday, January 18, 2021 Comments Off on U.N. chief Guterres tries again to appoint a Libya mediator

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plans to appoint veteran diplomat Jan Kubis as his envoy in Libya nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down, according to a letter to the U.N. Security Council seen by Reuters on Thursday.

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Egypt delegation visits Libyan capital, meets Tripoli gov’t

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Egypt delegation visits Libyan capital, meets Tripoli gov’t

Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan officials said, the most senior Egyptian delegation to visit the western part of the conflict-stricken country in years. The Egyptian delegation was headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief of the General Intelligence Service, Egypt’s version of the CIA. The […]

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Turkey cements Libyan intervention as Haftar vows to repel ‘colonisers’

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Comments Off on Turkey cements Libyan intervention as Haftar vows to repel ‘colonisers’

Turkey cemented its involvement in the Libyan conflict on Saturday when Defence Minister Hulusi Akar visited the country. Four days earlier, the Turkish Parliament voted to extend by 18 months a one-year presence in the country, which came into effect in January after an agreement with the Government of National Accord in Tripoli.

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Turkish Parliament extends troop deployment to Libya

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish Parliament extends troop deployment to Libya

The measure, which extends Turkey’s presence in Libya by 18 months, had the backing of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party. The Turkish Parliament voted Tuesday to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in war-torn Libya who are fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized government.

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Tunisia militants behead shepherd near Algeria border

Friday, December 25, 2020 Comments Off on Tunisia militants behead shepherd near Algeria border

Islamist militants kidnapped and beheaded a young shepherd in mountains in Tunisia near the border with Algeria on Sunday, security sources and residents said.

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Russia company TATNEFT to resume oil exploration in Libya, Syria

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on Russia company TATNEFT to resume oil exploration in Libya, Syria

TATNEFT Company suspended its operations in Libya following the revolution of 17 February, 2011 – NOC A Russian oil company intends to resume production and exploration operations in a number of sites in Syria and Libya, after its activities were halted following the events of the 17 February Revolution.

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UN: Libya’s rivals fail to agree on how to name government

Monday, December 21, 2020 Comments Off on UN: Libya’s rivals fail to agree on how to name government

U.N. acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams says the country’s rivals have failed to agree on a mechanism to choose a transitional government that would lead the conflict-stricken country to elections in December next year.

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Russia ‘seeks’ UAE, Egypt to resolve Libyan crisis

Friday, December 18, 2020 Comments Off on Russia ‘seeks’ UAE, Egypt to resolve Libyan crisis

Russia is “seeking” the United Arab Emirates and Egypt for successful talks on the Libyan crisis, Foreign Minster Sergey Lavrov said on Monday during a press conference with his Emirati counterpart.

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Why Turkey Intervened in Libya

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Comments Off on Why Turkey Intervened in Libya

Through a historical analysis of Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, this essay identifies the various motivations, reasonings, and threat perceptions underlying Ankara’s current Libya strategy.

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2 Russians held in Libya freed after 1 1/2-year captivity

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Comments Off on 2 Russians held in Libya freed after 1 1/2-year captivity

Two Russian citizens who had been held by the U.N.-backed government in Libya for more than 1 1/2 years on spying charges were released from captivity on Thursday, officials in Russia said.

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Iranian anti-tank missiles in Libya after analyzing photos from Israeli intelligence

Monday, December 14, 2020 Comments Off on Iranian anti-tank missiles in Libya after analyzing photos from Israeli intelligence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has officially revealed that an analysis of photos taken by four anti-tank guided missiles taken in Libya by Israeli intelligence shows that one of them is the Iranian-made Dehlavie system. If it’s true, this means a high probability of sanctions being violated in ​​Iranian arms exports and supplies to Libya.

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Libya anti-tank missiles almost certainly Iranian, UN report says

Monday, December 14, 2020 Comments Off on Libya anti-tank missiles almost certainly Iranian, UN report says

A UN analysis of photos of four anti-tank guided missiles in Libya found that one “had characteristics consistent with the Iranian-produced Dehlavieh” missile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reported to the Security Council.

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Eastern Libyan force says it intercepted Turkish ship

Monday, December 14, 2020 Comments Off on Eastern Libyan force says it intercepted Turkish ship

Eastern-based Libyan forces have intercepted a Turkish ship under a Jamaican flag heading to the port of Misrata in western Libya, their spokesman said on Monday, a possible new flashpoint in the conflict after weeks of truce.

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Treasury Sanctions Militia and Its Leader in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Libya

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Treasury Sanctions Militia and Its Leader in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Libya

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Mohamed al-Kani (al-Kani) and the Kaniyat militia, which is responsible for the murder of civilians recently discovered in numerous mass graves in Tarhouna, as well as torture, forced disappearances, and displacement of civilians. Al-Kani and the Kaniyat […]

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Libya lawmakers hold consultative session in Morocco

Monday, November 30, 2020 Comments Off on Libya lawmakers hold consultative session in Morocco

A consultative meeting of Libyan lawmakers aimed at unifying the divided Libyan parliament, and resolving the political crises started in Tangiers, Morocco on Tuesday. The House of Representatives, which consists of two parts in Tripoli and Tobruk, are holding the joint session with the support of Morocco to address differences.

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Armed group deploys at Libya’s NOC headquarters

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Armed group deploys at Libya’s NOC headquarters

An armed group attempted to storm Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli but was stopped by guards, the company said on Monday, underscoring the security risks that the North African nation’s energy industry continues to face.

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Al-Qaeda appoints new North Africa chief after France kills leader

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Comments Off on Al-Qaeda appoints new North Africa chief after France kills leader

Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi succeeds Abdelmakel Droukdel, a founder of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was killed in June. Al-Qaeda’s central and western North Africa branch has named Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi as its leader after French military forces killed Abdelmalek Droukdel in June.

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German mission searches Libya-bound Turkish ship, sparking backlash from Ankara

Thursday, November 26, 2020 Comments Off on German mission searches Libya-bound Turkish ship, sparking backlash from Ankara

German forces intercepted a Libya-bound Turkish ship suspected of carrying arms, sparking the latest row between an EU member state and Ankara ahead of a key summit assessing bilateral ties next month.

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La Libye, nouvelle côte des Barbaresques

Sunday, November 22, 2020 Comments Off on La Libye, nouvelle côte des Barbaresques

Au mois de juin dernier, le navire roulier Cirkin s’est retrouvé au centre d’un incident opposant les marines française et turque. En plus de mettre en lumière l’une des facettes de l’expansionnisme turc en Méditerranée orientale, cet incident a rappelé que la guerre civile en Libye pouvait poursuivre son cours grâce à une logistique bien […]

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Cairo frets over workers in Libya as Tripoli struggles to establish security

Monday, November 16, 2020 Comments Off on Cairo frets over workers in Libya as Tripoli struggles to establish security

As Libya inches toward a political resolution of its long war, Egypt is focusing on protecting its workers in the country. Egyptian officials discussed the challenge of protecting Egyptian workers in Libya with Fathi Bashagha, the Interior Minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), who visited Cairo for the first time on Nov. 4.

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Security sources: ‘Turkey troops remain in Libya at GNA’s request’

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Comments Off on Security sources: ‘Turkey troops remain in Libya at GNA’s request’

Turkish security sources stated that Turkish troops will remain in Libya for as long as the Government of National Accord (GNA) wishes. The Libyan 5+5 Joint Military Commission agreed that the Turkish forces would return to bases and exchange detainees, during the two-day meeting to discuss mechanisms for implementing a permanent ceasefire in Libya.

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Turkish-backed mercenaries | Seven fighters of Ankara-backed factions drown in Libyan territorial waters

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-backed mercenaries | Seven fighters of Ankara-backed factions drown in Libyan territorial waters

Observatory sources say that fighters of Ankara-backed factions, of those who sent by the Turkish government as “mercenaries” to Libya, continue their efforts to reach Europe, like dozens of fighters who have already gone from Libya to Italy and from there to Europe, using libya as a pretext for reaching Europe.

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Libya’s Expanding Proxy War May Be the Ultimate Test of NATO’s Resilience

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Comments Off on Libya’s Expanding Proxy War May Be the Ultimate Test of NATO’s Resilience

With Egypt reportedly on the brink of invading neighboring Libya, and troops from Chad said to be on their way north to join Gen. Khalifa Haftar in his fight to topple the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, what was already a complicated proxy war could soon become Africa’s first full-on intracontinental war in decades. That […]

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A Light in Libya’s Fog of Disinformation

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on A Light in Libya’s Fog of Disinformation

Divisions within Libya’s civil war have been amplified by foreign-sponsored disinformation campaigns. Reconciliation and peacebuilding will require local actors to reclaim Libya’s digital spaces. Nested within Libya’s ongoing civil war are a fog of falsehoods, distortions, and polarizing narratives that have engulfed Libyan social media networks and online news outlets. Content created and fueled by […]

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Libya to Release Russians Charged With Vote Meddling

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Libya to Release Russians Charged With Vote Meddling

Libya’s internationally recognized government has agreed to release two Russian political operatives who’ve been jailed for more than a year, officials said, signaling a detente with Moscow, which had backed a rival in a devastating civil war.

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Qataris sign security deal with GNA, challenging UN efforts in Libya

Saturday, October 31, 2020 Comments Off on Qataris sign security deal with GNA, challenging UN efforts in Libya

Turkish-Qatari coordination seen preparing for Doha to replace Ankara in exerting influence in Libya. Turkey and Qatar are moving in Libya in a way that suggests they share a plan to obstruct the settlement path led by the US State Department, in a step that reflects an anticipation of and a challenge to the US […]

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Libya ceasefire: UN relaunches inclusive political forum, amid growing ‘sense of hope’

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Comments Off on Libya ceasefire: UN relaunches inclusive political forum, amid growing ‘sense of hope’

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced the launch of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, following the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement in the strife-torn country.

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Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish-French dispute carries over to Libya

There are growing indications that Erdogan may be pushing to undermine the ceasefire in Libya. At the current stage of the French-Turkish political conflict, political and religious considerations are being purposely mixed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the background of his clash with France confirms it has nothing to do with religion, which […]

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