Libyan forces report 14 civilians freed from ISIS in Sirte

The Levant News — Libyan forces in the final stages of a six-month campaign to recapture Sirte from ISIS said they freed 14 civilians on Sunday from a small residential area where some militants are holding out. The forces, composed of fighters mainly from Misrata, say they are exercising caution to limit casualties to civilians …

Western powers meet Libyan PM over political standoff

The Levant News — The U.S., British and Italian foreign ministers began talks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Seraj on Monday to tackle a political standoff preventing Tripoli’s U.N.-brokered unity government from expanding its authority outside the capital. Seraj and his two deputies met British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry …

Fighting “Islamic State” on several fronts

By David Ignatius for Stars and Stripes — U.S. special operations forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Islamic State group fighters in eastern Syria — moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadis’ self-declared capital of Raqqa. The Pentagon’s top priority in the campaign against the Islamic …

Libya banned from UN voting after non-payment of subs

THE LEVANT NEWS — Libya has been suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly, according to internal documents from the global body. UN Tribune, an independent United Nations monitoring website, said that Libya had now been barred from voting in the General Assembly due arrears that “equal or exceeds the amount of the …