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Hiftar’s Son hires US Lobbying Firm

By John Lee. The son of Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar] has hired a US lobbying firm to “provide political and strategic advocacy activities in the US Congress on behalf of the Hiftar family.” The recently-filed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents state that Benghazi-based Khaled Khalifa Haftar, a Captain in the Libyan National Army (LNA), […]

Video: 36 Bodies Found, Haftar orders Probe

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. General Khalifa Haftar, who controls eastern Libya, has ordered an investigation after 36 unidentified bodies were found to the east of Benghazi. Victims showed signs of torture and gunshot wounds to the head. Witnesses […]

US Considers increasing Libya Presence

By John Lee. The United States is reported to be considering a significant expansion of its involvement in Libya. CNN says a new diplomatic and military policy could be finalized by the Trump administration in the next few weeks, which could lead to the eventual re-opening of the US embassy and the establishing of a […]

Bayda Govt cuts Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

By John Lee. Libya’s eastern-based government has reportedly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. According to Reuters , the Bayda government took the action after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, although Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri gave no explanation for the move. Egypt and […]

US-made Military Hardware used in Libya despite Arms Embargo

By John Lee. American military hardware is being used to undermine official US policy in Libya, according to a report in TIME. Jared Malsin writes that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deployed warplanes manufactured in the US in Libya in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. At least six US-made turboprop planes appear […]

Libya to pay $300m Medical Debt to Jordan

By John Lee. Khalifa Hafter, the head of the Libya National Army (LNA), has reportedly agreed to pay outstanding debts of $300 million owed to Jordanian hospitals. According to Middle East Monitor, Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association raised the issue last week with a visiting Libyan delegation. The report says: “The debts are believed to have accumulated […]

UK Lawmakers push for Urgent Engagement with Haftar

A report by the Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) — an influential body set up to ensure that British Conservative parliamentarians understand the Middle East — has urged the UK to engage with Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan National Army (LNA), and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). It also says the UK should reconsider its relationship […]

Haftar’s Forces Seize Car Carrier

By John Lee. Libyan forces loyal to the Khalifa Haftar boarded and seized a car carrier off the Libyan coast last week, diverting it to the port of Ras Al-Hilal, northeast of Benghazi. The Morning Compass (pictured), operated by Eukor, was reportedly traveling from South Korea to Misrata with several thousand cars. The Tobruk government said the […]