Tag Archives | Libyan National Army (LNA)

LNA “announces Naval Blockade of Western Libya”

By John Lee. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has reportedly announced that it will impose a naval blockade on ports in western Libya to prevent any more shipments of military equipment reaching forces aligned with the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, the move was announced […]

Water Supplies Restored to Tripoli

By John Lee. Water supplies have reportedly been restored to Tripoli’s 2.5 million residents, two days after a water control station in Jabal al-Hasawna, southwestern Libya, was deliberately shut down, cutting off water supply from the Great Man-Made River (GMMR). The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Maria Ribeiro, condemned the cutting off of supplies: “Such attacks against […]

Support for Hifter could cost Egypt work in Libya

By Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Egypt’s support for Hifter could cost it work in Libya Egyptians looking to snag lucrative reconstruction contracts in Libya are divided over whether their country’s support for one side in the […]

Haftar Ignores Calls for Cease Fire

By John Lee. General Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar], head of the Eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), has reportedly urged his troops to fight harder during Ramadan, in their efforts to take control of Tripoli. His call comes despite a renewed appeal from the United Nations (UN) to “refrain from further military escalation.” At least 432 people […]

LNA Repels Assault on Sharara Oilfield

By John Lee. Armed gunmen reportedly attacked Libya’s largest oilfield, El-Sharara (pictured), on Monday. The attack was repelled by Gen Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is now in control of the oilfield. No casualties were reported. The affiliation of the attackers is unclear. (Sources: Anadolu, Reuters)

Haftar accumulates $25bn of Debt funding Military

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has reportedly accumulated $25 billion of debt funding his Libyan National Army (LNA), through a mix of unofficial bonds, Russian-printed cash and deposits from eastern banks. According to Reuters, the controversial Libyan general has also built a parallel banking system, headquartered in the eastern capital Benghazi. He also enjoys the support […]

Egypt reiterates Support for Hifter

By Ahmed Gomaa for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Egypt reiterates support for Hifter to protect border Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Hifter visited Egypt on April 14 to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and discuss new […]

Trump Speaks on Phone with Haftar

By John Lee. The White House has confirmed that US President Donald Trump spoke on Monday with Gen. Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar]. It said in a statement on Friday: “President Donald J. Trump spoke on April 15, 2019, with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to discuss ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability […]