No let-up yet in intensity of Libyan conflict

Given the country’s complex tribal composition and the matrix of global interests, no single party in the country’s multi-layered civil war will triumph entirely By Marwan Kabalan Last week, forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar regained control of Libya’s coastal “Oil Crescent”, a bay, roughly 200km long, which extends between the oil ports of Sirte […]

Russian special forces sent to back renegade Libyan general – reports

Deployment just over the border in Egypt could be in support of commander Khalifa Haftar and aimed at gaining leverage over Libya’s eventual ruler Alec Luhn in Moscow and Reuters Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to US, Egyptian […]

Petroleum Facilities Guard takes over oil ports from BDB

  Written by: AbdullahBenIbrahim Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) of UN-proposed Presidency Council took control of Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil ports from Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) on Tuesday. Chief of PFG Brig. Idriss Saleh Abu Khamada announced the takeover in a brief statement from Ras Lanuf. He said his forces will stay far away from […]

Haftar’s Forces Take Control Of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider Oil Ports In Libya

By Irina Slav General Khalifa Haftar, chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and his forces have taken control over two of the four export terminals in the Oil Crescent, according to a spokesperson for the LNA. His words were confirmed by a representative of the National Oil Corporation, speaking to Reuters. The news comes […]

Libya's NOC to 'begin work immediately to restart exports' from seized ports

Bold statement ignores large political hurdles facing NOC. By Aidan Lewis Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday it would immediately start working to resume crude exports from ports seized in recent days by forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Welcoming pledges from Haftar’s Libyan National Army and the pro-Haftar head of Libya’s […]

Western powers call on Libyan forces that seized ports to withdraw

General Haftar’s power base continues to grow.  The United States and five European powers on Monday urged forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to withdraw from several key oil ports seized from a rival force over the weekend. Fighters loyal to Haftar took control of the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina […]

Libya oil terminals seized in blow to unity govt

Ports of Al-Sidra and Ras Lanuf were seized by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. Tripoli (AFP) – Libya’s internationally backed government urged its forces Sunday to act after two oil terminals fell to rival troops, raising fears of further violence in a country already gripped by turmoil. The call came after forces loyal to […]

Libya's eastern parliament votes against U.N.-backed government in Tripoli

Western powers have been counting on the GNA to tackle Libya’s security vacuum. By Ayman al-Warfalli Opponents of Libya’s U.N.-backed unity government dealt the beleaguered body a blow on Monday by voting to reject it in a rare session of the eastern-based parliament, though the government’s supporters dismissed the move as unconstitutional. The Government of […]