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Ceasefire or Escalation in Libya?

By Ben Fishman, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Over the past week, regional and European actors have increased their diplomatic activity around Libya in response to intensifying violence in the nine-month-old civil war. […]

How to Stop Libya’s Collapse

By Frederic Wehrey and Jalel Harchaoui. In April 2019, Khalifa Haftar, the militia commander whose forces control much of eastern Libya, began an assault on the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to topple the country’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). But instead of a swift, decisive victory establishing Haftar as Libya’s undisputed leader, […]

Salame: Keep your Hands off Libya

Informal comments to the media by Ghassan Salameh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on the latest situation in Libya. Transcript of SRSG for Libya Ghassan Salameh (UNSMIL) on Libya – Security Council Media Stakeout  (6 January 2020) Informal comments to the media by Ghassan […]

EU expresses Strong Concern at Recent Developments

After the Turkish Parliament took the decision to authorise military deployments in Libya, the European Union expressed its strong concern on recent developments. “The EU reiterates its firm conviction that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis. Actions supporting those who are fighting in the conflict will only further destabilise the country and […]

LNA Seizes Control of Sirte

By John Lee. The Libyan National Army (LNA) has reportedly taken control of Sirte. According to Reuters, this would be an important gain for eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar, who since April has been attempting to take over Tripoli. Sirte lies in the centre of Libya’s Mediterranean coast, and has been controlled by the internationally-recognised Government […]

Video: Turkish Parliament OKs Military Deployment to Libya

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Turkey’s parliament has approved a bill to deploy troops to Libya in support of the embattled United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), paving the way for increased military cooperation despite criticism from opposition […]

Turkey to Increase Military Support to Libya if Necessary

Erdogan says Turkey will increase military support to Libya if necessary Turkey will increase its military support to the internationally recognised government of Libya if necessary and will evaluate ground, air and marine options, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, after the two signed a military cooperation accord last month, Reuters reports. Turkey backs Fayez […]

Are Russia and Turkey in tug of war over Libya?

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Are Russia and Turkey in tug of war over Libya? Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria and Libya in a Dec. 11 phone […]