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Libya: The Enemy Within

The July 2017 peace plan the UN sponsored and still supports is still serving as an outline for national unification. This is supposed to be accomplished by national elections before the end of 2018. The UN backed GNA (Government of National Accord in Tripoli) has become less able to compete in those elections than the technically outlaw (according to the UN) HoR (House of Representatives government in Tobruk) which now controls or contests control in most of the country. The July 2017 agreement has been amended and extended several times and that has delayed plans for a nationwide ceasefire, an exact date for national elections and UN recognition of the LNA (Libyan National Army). The current understanding is that that elections will be held in 2018 and that the HoR is recognized as the major political player in the country. In late 2017 the HNEC (High National Elections Commission in Libya) began registering voters and by 2018 had determined that there were about 1.8 million potential voters and had shown that it was possible to register nearly all of them by mid-2018. Most local leaders agree that elections should be held this year and that there should be no foreign military intervention. The Libyans do welcome foreign investment and the improved security situation has more nations (like Germany) announcing that they will soon reopen their embassies in Tripoli....
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Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference |

Italy officially invites Ageela Saleh to November Libya conference | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 October 2018: Italy has officially invited Ageela Saleh, the head of Libya's parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), to its planned international conference on Libya. The news was revealed yesterday by the HoR's official spokesperson Abdalla Belheeg. The invitation was delivered in person yesterday by Emanuela C. Del Re, Italy's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, during her visit to Saleh at his official headquarters in his hometown of Guba in eastern Lbya. Very little real details of the deliberations of the meeting were revealed, however, according to spokesperson Belheeg, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to consolidate them, and the latest developments in the situation In Libya. The invitation delivery to Saleh at least confirms that the Palermo (Sicily) Libya conference is indeed going ahead. The Palermo Libya conference was also discussed on Wednesday [...]
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Tebu cultural awakening: 'We may not be Arabs, but we are Libyan' | Libya News | Al Jazeera

Tebu cultural awakening: 'We may not be Arabs, but we are Libyan' | Libya News | Al Jazeera | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Living by borders of Libya, Chad, Niger and Sudan, the Tebu now have their first alphabet ever and a cultural centre.
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New Interior Minister takes office | The Libya Observer

New Interior Minister takes office | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The new Minister of Interior of the Presidential Council (PC) Fathi Pashagha has formally assumed his duties in replacement of the former minister Abdulsalam Ashour. During the handover ceremony held at the ministry's HQ, Pashagha pledged to develop a human rights department within the structure of the ministry. He added that the security arrangements implemented in the
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UPDATE 1-Libya reopens Tripoli airport again | Reuters

TRIPOLI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Libya has reopened the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli again after rockets fired in its direction forced a brief closure, officials said on Tuesday, days after flights had resumed following an earlier shutdown.

Matiga airport, a former air base used for commercial flights since the main international airport was destroyed in 2014 by militia fighting, said in a notice that traffic was resuming.

It has closed and opened several times since a flare-up in violence in late August.

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Chairman of PC accredits new French ambassador to Libya | The Libya Observer

Chairman of PC accredits new French ambassador to Libya | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, certified Monday Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen as Ambassador of France to Libya.

The ceremony took place at the HQ of the PC in Tripoli in the presence of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lutfi Al Maghribi, according to the PC on Facebook.

The ambassado
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Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen tomorrow |

Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen tomorrow | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
By Sami Zaptia. London, 25 September 2018: Libya's Airports Authority have ànnounced that Tripoli's only functioning airport, Mitiga, is to reopen at midday tomorrow. The announcement is the ultimate indicator that the Tripoli militia fighting has subdued and that the authorities are confident of the security situation in the capital.
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UN envoy to Libya vows to list Tripoli ceasefire violators for UN sanctions | The Libya Observer

UN envoy to Libya vows to list Tripoli ceasefire violators for UN sanctions | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said he was going to ask the Security Council to amend the Action Plan in Libya. Salame told 218 TV Channel that he will be straightforward in his briefing at the UN Security Council, adding that he will tell the country members of the hindrances and violators. “There is only one plan for Libya. The one approved by the UN Security
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UN offers chance for reset on Libya 

The UN General Assembly could not come at a more precarious time for Libya.

In the last month, more than 100 people have been killed as Libyan state-sanctioned militias clashed with rivals in the capital Tripoli. A tenuous ceasefire agreed on September 4 has repeatedly been broken, with at least 11 dead in large-scale clashes that broke out on Thursday. Meanwhile, ISIS are exploiting the chaos by launching attacks on state institutions.

Political progress has shuddered to a halt despite an array of international efforts to bring about elections. A UN-backed government barely holds sway in Tripoli and is propped up by powerful, corrupt militias. The east of the country is controlled by Libya’s most powerful force, the Libyan National Army, which refuses to acknowledge the Tripoli administration.

How much of this will be discussed, much less resolved, on the sidelines of the UNGA remains to be seen. The UN and its special envoy Ghassan Salame have previously tried and failed to unite the factions and bring about stability.....

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Interior Ministry says Tripoli districts beyond clash zone are safe and secure | The Libya Observer

Interior Ministry says Tripoli districts beyond clash zone are safe and secure | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Interior Ministry of the Presidential Council (PC) stressed that life in Tripoli's districts except in the southern ones is normal and security conditions are under control. The ministry explained that it had set up additional security points and that the clashes are confined to the outskirt of southern Tripoli, according to the ministry on Facebook Friday. It also called
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Voices from Misrata call for a ceasefire in Tripoli

Voices from Misrata call for a ceasefire in Tripoli | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it

The Political Gathering of the Deputies of Misrata (PGDM) called, on Saturday evening, the official military personnel and the supporting forces in the central region to support their leaders to play the role according to the decisions of the Presidential Council (PC).

The PGDM invited the factions of the clashes to a ceasefire and committed to the truce agreement that was signed in the city of Zawya. They also called the PC to define the official security forces that should secure the facilities according to a fixed schedule.

The PGDM also called the state institutions to cooperate in implementing the economic reform program to guarantee the success of the agreed procedures.

From his side, the member of the State Council, Abdul-Rahman Al-Swehli, asked the warring parties to restraint and ceasefire in the capital city....

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Brig. General Ganidi: Libyan armed forces launched operation to establish security in Tripoli | The Libya Observer

Brig. General Ganidi: Libyan armed forces launched operation to establish security in Tripoli | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Brigadier General Mohammed Ganidi, one of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous's leaders, said armed forces and February 17 revolutionaries' brigades had launched an operation, ongoing currently, to end "wrongness" and "establish security" in Tripoli and the rest of Libya. In an exclusive interview with The Libya Observer, Ganidi said Libyans should know that they came to Tripoli after
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US Sanctions Libya Militia's Head Ibrahim Jadhran - Treasury Department - Sputnik International

US Sanctions Libya Militia's Head Ibrahim Jadhran - Treasury Department - Sputnik International | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned the leader of a Libyan militia, Ibrahim Jadhran, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said in a post on its website on Wednesday.
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Libya conference in Sicily in November - English

Libya conference in Sicily in November - English | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Italy wants to organise a conference on Libya in Sicily in the first half of November, Foreign
Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said Wednesday. © ANSA
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Is this the man that can finally unify Libya? - Al Arabiya English

Libya has effectively been a failed state mired in an intractable civil war since the Libyan people have risen up against Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
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Head of HCS: HCS inclined with PC government amendments | The Libya Observer

Head of HCS: HCS inclined with PC government amendments | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khalid al-Mishri said that the HCS takes a positive attitude towards the recent changes made by the Presidential Council concerning the ministerial reshuffle, and will act responsibly according to the political agreement. In his speech HCS meeting on Thursday, Al-Mishri revealed that the HCS disagrees with the House of
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Libya: UN to Delay December 10 Elections

Libya: UN to Delay December 10 Elections | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Head of the UN mission in Libya Saturday said it will be hard for the country to hold its much expected elections on December 10 as agreed by various stakeholders in May at a Paris meeting. “There is still a lot to do. It may not be possible to respect the date of December 10,”
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Council of EU extends sanctions on Libyan political figures | The Libya Observer

Council of EU extends sanctions on Libyan political figures | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Council of European Union has decided to extend the European sanctions concerning the freezing of assets and the travel ban on the Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aqila Saleh, President of the General National Congress Nouri Abusahmain, and the Former President of the National Salvation Government Khalifa Al-Ghawil for another six months.
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Tripoli militia war. A lull in fighting or a permanent ceasefire: Analysis |

By Sami Zaptia.  London, 26 September 2018: As a number of conflicting and simultaneous narratives emerge, more news is emerging of the different possible reasons for the sudden lull in Tripoli's militia war. It was believed that both the Tarhuna-based 7th Infantry Kani Brigade and the Salah Badi Somoud brigade ceased hostilities purely out of fear of the possible unspecified and specified repercussions by the international community. These included threats of being named by UNSMIL, as it finally did with Salah Badi and Abdelghani al-Kikli "Ghnewa". Another was possible UN Security Council sanctions. However, this explanation is too simplistic, as a different narrative (or narratives) may be emerging which does not cast the decision to ceasefire by the 7th Infantry Kani Brigade and the Salah Badi Somoud brigade purely as a defensive one. On a practical level, it was believed that Badi's Somoud withdrew from one of its south Tripoli locations, the Airport [...]
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Tripoli removes sandy blocks after the end of clashes – Photos and Videos

Tripoli removes sandy blocks after the end of clashes – Photos and Videos | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
LIBYAPROSPECT - Tripoli The forces of Tripoli Central Security started, on Tuesday, to remove the sandy blocks and open the ways in the areas of Salahuddin and the AirPort way after the end of the clashes and the withdrawal of Al-Somoud Brigade from Al-Naqlia Camp. The Seventh Brigade also had withdrawn to Tarhuna city from…
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Tripoli clashes leave 115 dead, 383 injured- health ministry | Reuters

ters) - At least 115 people have been killed and 383 injured in month-long clashes between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya’s health ministry said on Sunday.AF
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Mitiga airport closure to continue due to militia fighting |

Mitiga airport closure to continue due to militia fighting | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
By Sami Zaptia. London, 21 September 2018: Libya's Airports Authority (LAA) announced yesterday that the closure of Mitiga airport, Tripoli's only functioning airport, is to continue. The LAA said that this was due to "the continued clashes in the capital Tripoli and the falling of a shell inside the airport on Thursday", which it said mercifully caused no damage. It will be noted that there was talk of reopening Mitiga in the next few days in the hope of the UNSMIL-brokered Zawia ceasefire between Tripoli's warring militias holding. However, the ceasefire has been seriously breached over the last three days with indiscriminate shells falling across Tripoli. Mitiga flights will continue to operate from Misrata airport, a two and a half hour drive for Tripoli residents.
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Death toll continues to rise as fresh clashes erupt in Tripoli | The Libya Observer

Death toll continues to rise as fresh clashes erupt in Tripoli | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Spokesman of the First Aid and Emergency Service, Osama Ali, confirmed the killing of three people and the injury of nine others after the fresh clashes in Tripoli on Saturday. He pointed out that this statistic is preliminary and the number of casualties is likely to rise as there were cases of critical conditions. Osama Ali announced earlier on Saturday the evacuation of 15
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Misrata military council joins attacking forces in Libya’s capital | The Libya Observer

Misrata military council joins attacking forces in Libya’s capital | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The military council of Misrata said in a statement on Saturday that they reject the rule of militias inside Tripoli, announcing full mobilization of forces to join the battle in the capital. The statement explained that Misrata residents and revolutionaries declare full mobilization of their forces and warn all parties of attacking the alliance of forces that moved to “Purify
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Libya's decision makers approve economic reforms, fees on foreign currency purchases | The Libya Observer

Libya's decision makers approve economic reforms, fees on foreign currency purchases | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Head of Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, Head of High Council of State, Khalid Al-Mishri, and Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, signed and approved the economic reforms' package on Wednesday. The trio endorsed slapping fees on purchases of foreign currency in the Libyan banks, saying Al-Sirraj and Al-Kabeer will later decide the rates
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Islamic State claims terrorist attack on Libya’s national oil company

Monday’s attack on Libya’s main oil company was carried out by “three soldiers of the caliphate,” the terror group’s central command has declared today.

In a statement released by its media wing, Nashir, the Islamic State said the attack was “in continuation of the attacks against the economic interests of Libya’s tyrant governments that are allied with the crusaders”.  

It goes on to describe the National Oil Corporation as, “the most important economic juncture that enshrines the thrones of tyrants and their soldiers, and provides them with large amounts of money to be used in the war against the mujahedeen”.

The terror group’s statement claimed that the attack caused 37 casualties and that the building has been ransacked and set ablaze. Both claims seem to have deliberately exaggerated for propaganda purposes. The Libyan authorities said the attack left two people dead and wounded 10 others. And photos of the aftermath have shown limited damage to the building thanks to a timely intervention by the fire brigade.....
http://libyatimes.net/news/157-islamic-state-claims-terrorist-attack-on-libya-s-national-oil-company

 

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