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By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has been operating in Libya since mid 2011.   Overview Abdullah Al Senussi,Libya’s former spy chief and brother-in-law to Moammar Al Qadhafi, was extradited from Mauritania to Tripoli on 5 September. Al Senussi is […]

Video: Can ex-Spy Chief Get Fair Trial in Libya?

Former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi is now in custody in his home country after being extradited from Mauritania. He is accused of mass killings and torture during Gaddafi’s rule, and is also wanted by France and the International Criminal Court, who want to take him to the Hague. Where and what charges should Senussi […]

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Libya may buy used U.S. Army Chinooks

Defense News reports that Boeing, which makes the Chinook helicopter, is in discussions with the State Department about opportunities to provide used Army CH-47E helicopters to Tripoli. “Libya is anxious for some additional capability,” said Raymond Haddad, Boeing’s head of Chinook sustainment. The State Department and U.S. Congress must sign off on foreign weapons sales. (Source: […]

Gaddafi’s Spy Chief in Libyan Hands

Abdullah al-Senussi, Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief and once one of the most feared men in Libya, has been handed over by Mauritania to Libyan officials. He was arrested four months ago for illegally entering the west African country. He faces allegations of murder and human rights abuses while he was Gaddafi’s head of intelligence. […]

Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has been operating in Libya since mid 2011.   Overview The National Assembly announced that ministers will be nominated to form a new government no later than 8 September.  Reports claim that Abdul Rahman […]

UNESCO Calls for Halt to Destruction of Sufi Sites

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed her grave concern over the destruction and desecration of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli Libya. Ms Bokova called on the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately. Referring to destruction at the Islamic Centre of Sheikh Abdussalam Al-Asmar in Zliten, the Mosque of SidiSha’ab in Tripoli, […]

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Malta Trains Libyan Navy

The Times of Malta reports that a detachment of 46 officers and men from various sections of the Armed Forces of Malta has arrived in Libya on a training and relationship-building mission. The men, from Maritime Squadron, 1st Regiment and EOD operatives from the 3rd Regiment, will train the Libyans in diving, ship boarding and […]

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US State Dept Warns Against Travel to Libya

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning […]