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Tunis closes border to stop interference with elections

Tunisians line up to vote on Oct. 26.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has closed its border to prevent Al Qaida from disrupting elections. The government said Tunisia closed its eastern border with Libya ahead of parliamentary elections on Oct. 26. In a statement, the government cited […]

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Islamic group claims Libyan city in name of ISIL in what may become trend

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A Libyan city has been captured in the name of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. An Islamic group said it seized the Libyan city of Darnah as part of the new caliphate of […]

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Libya threatens to ‘sever relations’ with Qatar over arms delivery to Islamist rebels

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Qatar has sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Libya. Officials said Qatar sent three military air transports to an airport near the Libyan capital of Tripoli. They said the weapons were unloaded by a major […]

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U.S. confirms Egypt, UAE carried out air strikes on Libyan militias

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  /AFP/Paul J. Richards

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified the United Arab Emirates as being behind air strikes on Libya. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama determined that the UAE Air Force operated fighter-jets in attacks on […]

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Libya pleads for West to help defend oil fields

Libya's Zuetina oil terminal.  /Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya has again appealed for international assistance to protect its crude oil fields. Officials said Libya has sought Western and other assistance to defend critical facilities from Islamist militias. They said the most immediate militia […]

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Libyan jihadists complain Egypt’s F-16s backing Gen. Haftar campaign

A plane engulfed in flames at Tripoli International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya. Anti-government militias operating in Tripoli said they have come under attack from aircraft sent by Egypt and […]

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ISIL recruitment drive ‘very worrisome’ to North African governments

ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, with control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, has set its sights on North Africa. Islamist sources said ISIL has intensified recruiting in several countries in North Africa. […]

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Western nations evacuate embassies as Libya situation reaches ‘critical stage’

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport on July 24.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Libya has been seeing the flight of its Western presence. Western governments, including the European Union and NATO, have been evacuating their embassies in Libya in late July. The evacuation came amid heavy fighting between […]

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25 Egyptian soldiers killed in attack near Libyan border

Libya_Egypt Border Map

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Egyptian military has been rocked by an attack that killed dozens of soldiers. Officials said an attack on an Egyptian Border Guard post near the Libyan frontier killed at least 25 officers. The officials […]

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Rogue general has formed powerful military in Libya with Gulf funding

Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter.  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com CAIRO — A rogue general has succeeded in reshaping Libya’s military.   Libyan sources said Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter has amassed a force of 70,000 in the war against Al Qaida-aligned rebels. They said Hafter has […]

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