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Qatar Crisis Spills Into Libya, Tangling Glencore in Oil Dispute

The Qatar crisis is reverberating in Libya, inflaming political divisions in the war-torn oil exporter and dragging commodity-trading giant Glencore Plc into a dispute over crude sales. The row involves competing administrations of the National Oil Corp. that are vying to control crude exports from the OPEC member. In eastern …

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Air strike targeting militants kills seven in southern Libya

The Levant News – An air strike targeting Islamist militants has killed at least seven people near the southwestern Libyan city of Sabha, a local official and media reports said on Tuesday. Gunmen later seized the remains of the suspected militants from a morgue, said the official, who did not …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Lebanon: Questioning Yaacoub for his “involvement” in Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch Saturday referred former Lebanese MP Hasan Yaacoub to Mount Lebanon’s First Investigative Judge Jean Fernini for his alleged involvement in last week’s Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday. The security agency wrapped up investigations with …

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340 dead in month-old battle for Libya’s Benghazi

THE LEVANT – At least 340 people have been killed in fighting for Libya’s second city Benghazi since the launch of a government-backed offensive against Islamist militias a month ago, medical sources said Saturday. At least 356 people have been killed in fighting for Libya’s second city Benghazi since the …

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The new era of combatting terrorism

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr.Amer Al Sabaileh –   The launch of the airstrikes against IS marks a turning point and a long road ahead for the region, full of new and complex challenges. The focus of the fight against regional terrorism on IS has increased global coverage highlighting …

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The chaos that is Libya

THE LEVANT – Libya’s supreme court on Thursday invalidated the internationally recognised parliament, setting the stage for deepening political chaos in the violence-wracked North African nation. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, prompted celebratory gunfire in the capital Tripoli where Islamist-led militias have been in control since August, an AFP …

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Jihadists flock to Libya’s remote south

THE LEVANT – Libya’s remote desert south has become a haven for North African jihadists who have set up training camps in what has traditionally been a hotbed of arms smuggling, experts say. Oil-rich Libya slid into chaos after veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed …

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Regional dimensions to the Libyan conflict

THE LEVANT – By Afro-Middle East Centre – Air strikesaimed at the Libya Dawn militia in recentmonths could further escalate and regionalise the conflict in Libya. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is widely reported as having launched the air strikes, but the bombings seem to be part of increasing intervention in Libya …

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18 dead in clashes in Libya’s Benghazi

THE LEVANT – Fierce clashes raged in Benghazi on Friday, killing at least 18 people, on the third day of an offensive by pro-government forces to recapture Libya’s second city from Islamist militias. An AFP correspondent said the latest fighting was the most violent since forces of former general Khalifa …

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Libya PM says Egypt will help train army

THE LEVANT – Libya’s embattled prime minister, Abdullah al-Thani, said on Wednesday Egypt would help to train his army and called on compatriots to fight Islamist led-militias that have overrun the capital. Thani and the majority of an internationally recognised parliament elected in June are in virtual domestic exile in …

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Libya aid push constrained by insecurity

THE LEVANT – A wave of violence between militia groups vying for power is sweeping across parts of Libya, prompting international organizations to put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 people by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, …

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UN threatens sanctions after Libya talks

THE LEVANT – The UN Security Council on Thursday threatened sanctions against those who reject peace in Libya in a bid to shore up UN-brokered talks on ending the violence. UN special envoy Bernardino Leon held a first round of talks with rival politicians on September 29 that the council …

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#IamTawfik: Grieving Civil Society Initiates Campaign

THE LEVANT – By Ayat Mneina – Grieving friends and admirers of Tawfik Bensaud and Sami El-Kawafi have started a social media campaign in their names less than a week after their assassinations.  This is the first time the vicious operation against Benghazi and Derna-which has previously targeted Libyan military figures, judges, …

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