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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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UNSMIL hosts meeting between Interior Ministry and int’l community to mobilise support for the Ministry

Tripoli, 17 January 2019 – As part of its continuous efforts to support the Libyan Government in strengthening the capacity of State’s regular security institutions, UNSMIL hosted a meeting today between the Minister of Interior (MoI), his two deputies and 18 high-ranking officers, and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Libya, at the mission’s headquarters in Tripoli. The meeting’s main objective was to mobilise support for the Ministry of Interior and its respective security directorates.
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African migration 'a trickle' thanks to trafficking ban across the Sahara

African migration 'a trickle' thanks to trafficking ban across the Sahara | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Despite a clampdown on migration through the desert many are still prepared to make the deadly journey.
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IOM: 164 immigrants from Niger repatriated home from Libya

IOM: 164 immigrants from Niger repatriated home from Libya | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday said that 164 illegal immigrants from Niger have been voluntarily deported from Libya to
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Head of Administrative Control Authority under investigation for alleged infringements during performance of duty | The Libya Observer

Head of Administrative Control Authority under investigation for alleged infringements during performance of duty | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The head of the Investigations Bureau at the Attorney General's Office, Siddiq Al-Sour, has requested the Higher Judicial Council to dismiss council member, Nasr Ali Hassan, who is currently Chairman of the Administrative Control Authority, until completing investigations with him.

This came in a statement issued by the Office of the A
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What lies beneath foiled bids to smuggle Turkish arms to North Africa? - Al Arabiya English

What lies beneath foiled bids to smuggle Turkish arms to North Africa? - Al Arabiya English | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Libyan authorities on Monday said they seized a shipment of Turkish arms into Libya through the countryrsquo;s port of Misurata, the London-based pan
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Libya's Misurata authorities seize 8 tons of hashish

Libya's Misurata authorities seize 8 tons of hashish | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Libyan authorities on Sunday seized 8 tons of hashish inside two containers in the port of the Libyan city of Misurata. According to a statement issued by
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Libya targets oil output of 2.1 million bpd from 953,000 bpd currently - NOC | Reuters

Libya aims to increase its oil production to 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) from 953,000 bpd currently, the chairman of the state oil company NOC said on Sunday in Benghazi.
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Libya will not receive migrants unless rescued by its coastguard

Libya will not receive migrants unless rescued by its coastguard | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Libya is not ready to receive migrants who are not rescued by its coastguard, the spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qassim, has told the Libya Observer in an interview.
He said the international community is pressing Libya into taking full responsibility for migrants while Europea
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Libya's Public Prosecutor issues arrest warrants of Belhaj and Jadran

Libya's Public Prosecutor issues arrest warrants of Belhaj and Jadran | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Libyan Public Prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant of the Chairman of the Wattan Party Abdelhakim Belhaj and the former commander of the Petroleum
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Militia leader's bravado shows limits of Libya reforms | Reuters

For the United Nations, it was a chance to clip the wings of powerful armed groups who had held the levers of power in the Libyan capital for years.
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Interior Minister discusses security training programs with Germany | The Libya Observer

Interior Minister discusses security training programs with Germany | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Interior Minister of the Presidential Council Fathi Pashaga discussed with the German Under-secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Walter Lindner cooperation in the field of security training and exchange of experiences between the two countries. The German official expressed his country's desire to help Libya build and train security officers and assist Libya in the area of
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Afriqiyah Airways to resume flights to Istanbul | The Libya Observer

Afriqiyah Airways to resume flights to Istanbul | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Spokesman for Afriqiyah Airways Omran Zabadi confirmed the resumption of the company's flights to Istanbul starting next Sunday.

Zabadi clarified in a press statement that the airline will conduct two flights a week to Istanbul from each of Maitega, Misurata, and Benghazi airports.

“The resumption of flights to Istanbul came after
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Security threats lead to evacuation of several headquarters in Libya's capital | The Libya Observer

Security apparatuses in Libya's capital Tripoli evacuated on Thursday morning the High Council of State's (HCS) headquarters at Radisson Blu hotel and the HCS's secretary office in Tariq Al-Sikka over reports of a security threat, sources from the HCS told The Libya Observer. Other sources also reported that employees of Dat Al-Emad complex had been evacuated and security
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Libya crude production reaches five-year high | Upstream

Libya crude production reaches five-year high | Upstream | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
National Oil Company celebrates achievement despite ongoing unrest and security concerns in country
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Libyan Coast Guard recovered over 100 bodies of migrants from sea in 2018 | The Libya Observer

Libyan Coast Guard recovered over 100 bodies of migrants from sea in 2018 | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Libyan Coast Guard had recovered in 2018 101 bodies of migrants who died in the sea while attempting to reach Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday. "Libyan local authorities, with the support of the International Medical Corps, had provided medical services and basic relief materials for migrants in Libya," UNHCR clarified via
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Libya-Malta flights to resume by end of first 2019 quarter

Libya-Malta flights to resume by end of first 2019 quarter | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, has agreed with the Prime Minister of Malta to resume flights between the two countries by
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West 'risks helping political hijack of Libya's peace talks' | World news | The Guardian

West 'risks helping political hijack of Libya's peace talks' | World news | The Guardian | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Former Libyan ambassador to UN issues warning over western interests
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Libya's Benghazi court removes arrest warrant of Al-Werfalli

Libya's Benghazi court removes arrest warrant of Al-Werfalli | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Benghazi Court Martial ruled on Sunday that Mahmoud Al-Werfalli - the commander of Saiqa Force of the self-styled army of Khalifa Haftar - is not
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Ministry of Interior's budget controlled by ‘disguised’ armed groups

Ministry of Interior's budget controlled by ‘disguised’ armed groups | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The budget of the Government of the National Accord (GNA)’s Ministry of Interior is controlled by armed groups disguised as officials at invented entities they claim belong to the ministry, top police official Fathi Bashagha said Friday. Bashagha told “Without Limits” program on BBC News Arabic that said armed groups have influences that dominate political …
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Libya: GNA Interior Minister Admits Armed Groups’ Control over Political Decision | Asharq AL-awsat

Libya: GNA Interior Minister Admits Armed Groups’ Control over Political Decision | Asharq AL-awsat | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
Armed groups and forces, registered under Libya’s interior ministry, are dominating the decision making process in political and economic fields in Tripoli, according to the Interior Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fathi Bashagha.
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The Libya Times - Revealed: Islamic State hideout and bomb factory in southern Libya

The Libya Times - Revealed: Islamic State hideout and bomb factory in southern Libya | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Libyan National Army discovers Islamic State’s secret hideout and main bomb factory in southern Libya
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The Libya Times - Deadly terror attack hits Libya’s foreign ministry

The Libya Times - Deadly terror attack hits Libya’s foreign ministry | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The Islamic State terror group is believed to be behind a deadly attack at the HQ of Libya’s foreign ministry
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HCS rejects HoR's amendments on referendum law | The Libya Observer

HCS rejects HoR's amendments on referendum law | The Libya Observer | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
The head of the High Council of state (HCS) Khaled al-Mishri, informed Wednesday, the Libyan High National Election Commission (HNEC) the HCS's rejection of the tenth and eleventh amendments approved by the House of Representatives (HoR) on the constitutional declaration.

This came during a meeting between Al-Mishri and Chairman of the
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Italy reappoints Giuseppe Grimaldi as its Tripoli ambassador |

Italy reappoints Giuseppe Grimaldi as its Tripoli ambassador | | CT MENA - Security - CT, Organised Crime, Immigration - MENA - Libya | Scoop.it
By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 December 2018: Italy yesterday reappointed Giuseppe Maria Buccino Grimaldi as its new ambassador in Tripoli. He replaces Giuseppe Perrone who was recalled to Rome in August officially for reasons of personal security. However, it will be recalled that in August, Libya's parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), had called for Perrone's resignation and replacement and declared him "persona non grata". The HoR had accused Perrone of interfering in Libya's internal affairs by calling for the postponement of the proposed December 2018 elections. There were also rumours that Perrone was also recalled for "personal reasons" or for falling out with the new right-of-centre Italian government. Buccino Grimaldi had held the Tripoli post from 2011 to 2015 when the Italian embassy, following all the other embassies, was evacuated for security reasons. Born in Naples in 1961, Buccino Grimaldi began his diplomatic career in 1988 at the [...]
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