Tag Archives | militias

Haftar’s Forces Advance on Tripoli

By Adam Nathan (@adamgnathan). The international community has called for calm and restraint in Libya as forces loyal to General Haftar (pictured) moved steadily closer to the capital Tripoli. On Thursday, Haftar’s forces took over Gharyan, a town 100km south of Tripoli. By 3pm local time on Friday, his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) had seized […]

Force Majeure at Libya’s Largest Field

The National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared a state of force majeure at the Akakus-operated Sharara oil field as of Sunday, December 9, 2018. NOC prioritizes the safety of staff and is currently reviewing evacuation procedures following threats to their wellbeing, and the forced shutdown of the oilfield by the armed militia claiming attachment to the […]

UNSMIL Condemns Intimidation of Financial Institutions

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has observed over the last several days the illegal use of force and intimidation against private and public institutions in Tripoli, notably Aman Bank al-Siyahia Branch and the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO). The assaults aimed to seize control of these institutions and gain privileged access […]

Can Libya’s tribes help solve crisis?

By George Mikhail for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In September, Libya’s capital Tripoli was the scene of violent clashes between rival militias that killed 96 people and injured 306 others. The clashes pitted forces from the 7th Brigade against […]

UNSMIL Calls for the Restoration of Calm in Tripoli

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is following the clashes in and around Tripoli with grave concern and calls on all parties to immediately cease all military action. UNSMIL is concerned by the use of indiscriminate fire and heavy weapons in densely populated residential areas, endangering civilian lives and reminds all parties of […]

From Militias to Mafias – Tripoli’s Militia Cartels

A new research paper from the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) says that a handful of local militias have gradually brought much of Tripoli under their control growing into criminal networks straddling business, politics, and the administration. Author Wolfram Lacher (pictured) adds that the pillaging of state funds now benefits a narrower group than at […]

NOC, UN to work together Against Armed Groups

NOC Chairman Musafa Sanalla, received Mr. Ghassan Salame, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sunday February 25, 2018, agreeing to work together to combat attempts by armed groups to gain a foothold in the Libyan oil sector and to increase transparency over Libyan oil revenues. Chairman Sanalla detailed major challenges faces in restoring and maintaining […]

Can Cairo talks Succeed in Uniting Libya?

By George Mikhail for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Can Cairo talks succeed in uniting Libya’s divided armed forces? The Egyptian initiative to unite the Libyan military is almost complete after several meetings were held between Libyan military officials who split up […]