Early in the reporting week, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) authorised measures to further prevent arms trafficking into Libya.
United Nations Council members voted unanimously to approve a resolution that allows member states to inspect vessels to and from Libya on waters off the country’s coast to seize and dispose of any weapons and ammunition that are found.
The text of the resolution voices concern that "arms and related material are being used by terrorist groups operating in Libya, including Daesh".
The European Union (EU) sanctioned a search for weapons believed to have been loaded on six ships heading to replenish Daesh. One ship carried the Turkish flag; another holds Liberia’s and three other ships came from Panama, Bolivia, and Tanzania, in addition to a cargo ship registered in Comoros. The Ships were reported to have sailed from a Turkish port and have possibly shut down their navigation system in order not to be discovered through satellite.
Tripoli has continued to struggle through major power outages throughout the week. Local residents took to the streets of the capital to protest against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNC) headed by Faiez Serraj. Some tyres were set ablaze and some roads were blocked during the protests.
The ongoing fighting in the west to control Sirte, led by the Misratan and Oil infrastructure guard’s forces, continued throughout the reporting week. Daesh are now pinned down in the centre of Sirte formerly their stronghold in Libya. However, Daesh have hit back with suicide bombings, snipers and counter-attacks since the GNA forces fought their way into the city last week. The GNA reported that the latest suicide attack is now the ninth carried out by the beleaguered Jihadists known as Daesh.
The operation to retake Sirte has so far left 164 pro-GNA fighters dead and more than 500 wounded, according to an AFP count, based on reports from medical officials.
Later in the week the Italian Foreign Minister made a statement that General Khalifa Haftar "had, had no role to play and he was absent throughout". The advance showed that "actions by the Libyans against Daesh is possible", he said. He also said that Italy was working on this and that the action undertaken by Misrata militia and oil infrastructure guards was "very encouraging".
Whilst in the east, the speaker of Libya's eastern parliament has declared martial law in areas under its control, a move intended to empower its military to respond quickly to infiltration by militias loyal to the rival, U.N.-brokered GNC in the capital. Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh's declaration places the military on high alert and expands its powers.
The measure reflects the eastern administration's consternation as it comes under growing pressure by the international community to recognize the Tripoli-based national unity government.
A militia group in Libya calling itself The Benghazi Defense Forces launched an attack on eastern military units in an area close to oil facilities. Those facilities included three oil terminals north of the country’s major oil fields.
A spokesperson for Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) stated that the facilities were not threatened, but that the PFG was ready to protect them.
For those of you who do not already know, please see below for a brief summary on the Merger / Acquisition between SNE Special Projects, Sterling Global Operations and Janus Security International into a new company called Janus Global Operations (JGO).
SNE Special Projects (SNE) have, as part of our dynamic growth strategy, been in discussions with Janus Security International Ltd (JSI) and Sterling Global Operations Inc (SGO), providers of integrated risk management, munitions response and logistic solutions. The result of these engagements is that the three entities, SNE, JSI and SGO, are now in the process of integrating and re branding under the name of Janus Global Operations (JGO).
These events will enable JGO to offer a fully integrated solutions approach, allowing us to provide a much broader capability and a greater reach in order to meet our client’s needs in austere locations around the world including Libya & Egypt where my main focus will remain.
Our strategy is predicated on maintaining continuity and our high standard of service delivery, as well as ensuring the current leadership team in Libya and Egypt led by myself continues to interface with our clients.
The integration will bring many benefits, for example, greater levels of project and asset capitalization and the operation of a Qualify Management System which conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008 and ANSI/ASIS PSC-1 standards, as well as HSE certification with OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004.
This plan has resulted in an increase in operations, projects and Janus Global’s ability to provide solutions to our clients across Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Somalia, Uganda, Nigeria, UAE, Mozambique, South Africa, Afghanistan and the USA, with prospective business in many more countries.
From a compliance and commercial perspective all current contracts with SNE will continue to run as normal in our name until the contracts either expire when we will re-engage with you at that point as JGO or we register JGO on your system and transition the contracts across. I will ensure you are kept informed on the progress of the rebranding and any changes of email addresses as and when it happens.
To find out more about our increased capability please review our new web site at http://www.Janusgo.com