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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 […]

Whose side is Russia on in Libya?

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. On March 17, Khaled al-Mishri (pictured), president of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS), arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Federal Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, to discuss bilateral […]

Russian Mercenaries “Backing Haftar”

By John Lee. Media reports say that 300 Russian mercenaries are active in Libya. According to claims published in the UK-based Times and Telegraph newspapers, the Russian private military company Wagner Group has been supporting Khalifa Haftar’s [Hiftar] eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) with personnel and military equipment. More here and here (subscriptions needed). (Sources: The […]

Is Putin getting serious on Libya?

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Over the last few weeks, apart from the usual Syrian track, Libya has dominated Russia’s Middle Eastern agenda. On Nov. 12, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led the Russian delegation to Italy […]

Russia sends signal on Libya by hosting Hifter

By Kirill Semenov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. On  Nov. 7, the chief commander of the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Hifter [Haftar], who also represents the government in Tobruk, visited Moscow for a meeting with Russian Defense Minister […]

Libyan Rivals meet for Conference in Palermo

By John Lee. A conference on the future of Libya opened on Monday in Palermo, Italy. Italy’s premier Giuseppe Conte hosted a meeting of Libya’s rival leaders on Tuesday on the sidelines of a conference. Other leaders attending include French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. (Sources: AP, Italian Foreign Ministry)

China, Russia Abstain on Libya Sanctions Experts Panel

The UN Security Council has granted a mandate extension to the Panel of Experts on Libya Sanctions. Voting to extend, until 15 February 2020, the mandate of the Panel of Experts who oversee the sanctions targeting the illicit export of oil from Libya, the Security Council decided that perpetrators of gender-based violence may also be subject to […]

Commentary: Can Russia make a Positive Change in Libya?

By Grigory Lukyanov for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Speculations over increased Russian military presence in Libya entailed a new round of debate over Russia’s goals in the Middle East North Africa region. As Al-Monitor reported last week, the report by […]