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Weekly Security Report by Janus Global Operations 17 January 2017

The week in review saw a familiar mix of messages as reports at the start of the week suggested Khalifa Ghwell, head of the self-declared government that ran Tripoli until early last year, said in a televised speech that his forces had recaptured some “state institutions” including the ministry of defence and that he had […]


Libyan wins right to sue UK Govt

By John Lee. The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled this morning that the British government, and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, may be sued by a former Libyan dissident. Abdul-Hakim Belhaj alleges that MI6 helped the United States kidnap him and his pregnant wife in Bangkok in March 2004, returning them to Tripoli where they both […]

Russians to arm Haftar, in Challenge to West

By John Lee. Russia is reportedly planning to arm the eastern-based General Khalifa Hiftar [Haftar], who has been fighting the western-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. According to The Times, Hafter held high-level talks last week aboard the Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov (pictured), in the Mediterranean. In the past seven months he […]

Career Opportunities in Libya

By John Lee. The UN has advertised new career opportunities in Libya: Protection Officer, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Deputy Protection Team Leader, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) (Source: UN)

Is ‘Grand Political Bargain’ in Store for Libya?

By Jason Pack for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In Libya’s ever-shifting sands, where conspiracy and disinformation overlay a reality shaped by fluid political alliances, erratic military maneuvers and a crumbling economy, it can be challenging to paint an accurate […]

Rescue Operations Continue Despite Harsh Weather

On 12 January, during the one-day visit, IOM officials met with the leadership of the Libyan Coast Guard to discuss the outcomes of a needs assessment conducted last year. This assessment aimed to identify ways to improve the infrastructure of Libyan disembarkation points and enhance the capacity of government agencies involved in rescue operations. A […]

Chaos and Confusion in Tripoli

By John Lee. Chaos and confusion are the order of the day in Tripoli, as claims of an attempted coup by forces loyal to the old Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC) / National Salvation are dismissed as a “media hoax” by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Reuters had reported that Khalifa Ghwell, head […]

Libya: Armed Groups Detain, Torture, Kill

Armed groups, some affiliated with rival governments vying for legitimacy and territorial control, detained, tortured, “disappeared,” and unlawfully killed people with impunity in Libya during 2016, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017. The ongoing warfare created a humanitarian crisis. Nearly 500,000 people are internally displaced, the economy and judicial system have […]