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What Russia makes of Hifter’s offensive on Tripoli

By Yury Barmin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently put Russia in the spotlight in Libya by first holding a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Summit […]

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 […]

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)