How serious is Russia’s commitment to Libya settlement?

A member of east Libyan forces holds his weapon as he stands in front of a destroyed house in Benghazi, Libya, Jan. 28, 2017 A rare attempt to broker a deal last week in Cairo between the rival governments of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Gen. Khalifa Hifter generated a lot of speculation, although the talks failed. Delegations representing Sarraj’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and governing bodies supporting Hifter in Tobruk, arrived in Egypt for a number of meetings, including what had promised to be the first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders in their … Continue reading How serious is Russia’s commitment to Libya settlement?

‘West must be held accountable for Libya, apologize & leave it alone’ – Gaddafi’s cousin (EXCLUSIVE)

https://on.rt.com/83rb The Libyan people are still suffering because Western powers continue to fuel the ongoing conflict there, the cousin of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has said on the sixth anniversary of the Arab Spring, adding that the West should apologize and leave Libya alone.   “It is clear to everyone what is now happening in Libya: total destruction, people fleeing their homes, mass hunger. Our country has descended into total darkness, and our people are enduring suffering,” Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, the cousin of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, told RT in an exclusive interview. “On this anniversary of the Arab … Continue reading ‘West must be held accountable for Libya, apologize & leave it alone’ – Gaddafi’s cousin (EXCLUSIVE)

Libya rivals agree to hold 2018 presidential elections

A meeting between Libya’s conflicting authorities showed signs of progress on Tuesday, after officials agreed to hold presidential elections in February 2018. Libya’s conflicting factions agreed to hold presidential elections by February 2018, during a meeting which brought together the rival army chief and the head of the country’s unity government in Cairo on Tuesday. The UN-backed Government of National Accord head Fayez al-Sarraj and Marshal Khalifa Haftar attended the meeting along with Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the army Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Hejazi. Among the set of outlines agreed upon by all those present was the preservation of Libya’s … Continue reading Libya rivals agree to hold 2018 presidential elections

6 years after the Arab Spring: Where is Libya now?

Libyans hold a big flag of Libya during a demonstration held in the Martyrs’ Square where thousands of people gathered to protest the House of Representatives founded in Tobruk, a city on Libya’s eastern Mediterranean coast, in Tripoli, capital city of Libya, on September 19, 2014 Six years ago North Africa and the Middle East were engulfed by the fires of the Arab Spring in events that seemed unfathomable barely a year before. Fast forward six years and each country transitioning after the Arab Spring tells a very different and often tragic story. Of all the countries that embraced the … Continue reading 6 years after the Arab Spring: Where is Libya now?

Libyan FM: We are Optimistic about Haftar Meeting with Sarraj

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala Cairo – Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala considers the upcoming meeting between Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar and Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj a positive action following the political block. He called upon all parties to make concessions for the nation’s greater good. During an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Siala said that the crucial point is that military leadership remains under the political leadership. Siala believes that the U.N. Envoy Martin Kobler is being pessimistic. He stressed that the presidential guard is not a substitute for the army. When asked about the visit of … Continue reading Libyan FM: We are Optimistic about Haftar Meeting with Sarraj

Rival Libya government seizes ministries in Tripoli

President of the National Salvation Government, Khalifa Ghwell National Salvation government forces have seized at least three ministries in Libya’s capital, following the current UN-backed government’s year-long failure to bring stability and order back to the war-torn country. The leader of the group, Khalifa Ghwell, confirmed that his forces seized control of the ministries of defence, labour and the “martyrs and the wounded” ministry, which looks after the families of the aforementioned. He also declared himself “Prime Minister of Libya”. Ghwell’s group was formed by the outgoing parliament after a dispute in 2014 about the transfer of power which led … Continue reading Rival Libya government seizes ministries in Tripoli

270 of Haftar’s forces killed in Benghazi

Image of Libyan security forces Some 268 special forces affiliated with the Tobruk-based parliament in Eastern Libya were killed in 2016, according to a statement issued by the group. The forces, which are loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, have been engaged in ongoing battles with the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, which had taken part in ousting Muammar Qaddafi in 2011; Ansar Al-Sharia and Daesh fighters. Haftar’s special forces added that 500 of its fighters were injured in 2016. These losses are among the special forces, other forces affiliated with the Tobruk-based government have not announced the size of their losses. … Continue reading 270 of Haftar’s forces killed in Benghazi