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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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Libya takes control of last two oil terminals from rebels

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya has claimed the recapture of oil terminals operated by rebel militias. Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thani said the military seized two oil terminals that had been under rebel control for more than a year. […]

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New ISIL-tied militia joins the fray in Libya

Mahdi Saad Al Ghaithi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Another Al Qaida-aligned militia has emerged in Libya. Al Battar Brigade has announced the launch of operations against rival militias in wake of the death of a leading insurgent. Al Battar was said to have […]

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U.S. commandos capture alleged mastermind of 2012 Benghazi attack

Ahmed Abu Khatallah

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has captured a key Libyan insurgent. Officials said the U.S. military nabbed the commander of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in September 2012. The suspect was identified as Ahmed […]

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Libyan tribes planning ouster of jihadists that were backed by U.S., Qatar, Turkey

Militia forces in Tripoli, Libya. / Telegraph / Heathcliff O’Malley

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs An invitation is being sent by the leadership of the Senussiyyah movement — the largest Muslim sect in Libya — to the leaders of all 40 or so Libyan tribes to meet on […]

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Libyan rebels balk at surrendering oil ports to Brotherhood-aligned government

Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Rebel militias have again threatened to cancel an agreement to surrender control over Libya’s oil terminals and ports. Rebel leaders said they would not recognize or cooperate with the new government of Prime Minister Ahmed […]

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Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing

Gen. Khalifa Hafter

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has been deemed a leading supporter of this week’s mutiny within the Libyan military. Diplomatic sources said renegade Gen. Khalifa Hafter was receiving guidance and military support from Egypt. The sources said Hafter, who […]

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Libyan heads of air force, military intelligence and special forces sign on with Gen. Hafter

Gen. Khalifa Hafter.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO – Libya’s military has been moving toward a renegade general. Leading Libyan commanders have pledged allegiance to Gen. Khalifa Hafter amid his attack on Al Qaida-aligned militias in the eastern city of Benghazi. The commanders included […]

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