The ongoing fight for Libya's strategic 'oil crescent'

Libya’s warring camps remain locked in conflict over North African country’s oil-rich central region. By Jihad Nasr TRIPOLI, Libya Forces loyal to Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament, led by military leader Khalifa Haftar, hope to capture a strategic airbase as a necessary step to retaking Libya’s coveted “oil crescent” region, according to sources close to the conflict. […]

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 […]

Libyan oil output experiences new hike reaching 700.000 bpd, NOC says

Libya’s oil production has reached 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday, recovering from a drop earlier this month caused by fighting at two key oil ports, Reuters said. “We are working very hard to reach 800,000 barrels by the end of April 2017, and, God willing, we will […]

After days of armed fighting, Libyan key oil ports resume exportation

Libya’s major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf are resuming operations and preparing to export crude after a two-week halt in shipments due to military clashes in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves, according to Bloomberg. Libya’s total production rose to 646,000 barrels a day from 621,000 barrels on Sunday mostly due […]

Libya's Khalifa Haftar 'retakes oil ports from Islamist militia'

Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar say they have retaken key oil-rich areas in the country’s east. Ground, sea and air forces were engaged in the fight for sites at Ras Lanuf, Sidra and Ben Jawad from a rival Islamist militia, a spokesman said. Meanwhile, Russia has denied reports that it has deployed […]

What happened to Haftar’s Libya plan?

Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s plans for Libya took an abrupt turn for the worse marking yet again another stage of the Libyan Civil War. Tripoli-based forces, with international support from Italy, partnered with the Benghazi Defense Brigade (BDB) to sweep into the Sirte Oil Basin. Once again, Libya’s natural wealth became the epicenter for […]

Battle for Libya’s key oil ports takes dramatic turn

Field Marshall Haftar is massing 5,000 troops for a proposed counter-offensive. John Pearson The battle for control of Libya’s key oil ports has taken a dramatic new turn with the militias who captured them on Friday handing them over to the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Five days after seizing the central ports […]

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 […]