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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 […]

US Denounces Military Offensive by Haftar

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Situation in Libya The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital. Forces should return to status quo ante positions. All involved parties […]

US pulls Troops from Libya amid Fighting

Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated from the country in response to security conditions on the ground. U.S. Africa Command’s mission in Libya involves military support to diplomatic missions, counter-terrorism activities, enhancing partnerships, and improving security across the region. U.S. Africa Command remains committed […]

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 […]

US Allows Flights over Libyan Airspace

By John Lee. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allowed flights by US carriers over Libyan airspace to resume. It found that security and safety conditions in the Tripoli Flight Information Region (FIR) (HLLL) at altitudes at or above 30,000 feet support allowing U.S. civil overflight operations to resume. “Extremist/militant elements operating in Libya […]

US Firm to Boost Libyan Airport Security

By John Lee. Culmen International has announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the US Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT) to implement the Libya Airport and Aviation Security Program. Culmen will be responsible for increasing Libyan airport security, its capacity to monitor terrorist threats, screen […]

Joint Statement on Libya

The governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States reiterate their strong support to the ongoing efforts of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to de-escalate tensions in Libya and help the Libyan people chart a path toward credible and secure […]

Empowered Decentralization: A Strategy for Rebuilding Libya

By The Brookings Institution. Empowered decentralization: A city-based strategy for rebuilding Libya Libya has floundered since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and continues to struggle now. There are elements of a functional economy and governance, but otherwise only a hodgepodge of very weak central institutions and improvised local arrangements, as militias and other […]