Libya

Record Number of Boat Migrants Reach Italy this Year

By Steve Scherer ROME, Nov 28 – The number of migrants who have reached Italy by boat from North Africa this year has already topped a previous record set two years ago, official data show, as pressure on Italy’s shelter and asylum systems grows. Italy has borne the brunt of new arrivals since the implementation

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Libyan Forces Face Deadly Daesh Defence in Sirte Holdout

SIRTE, Libya, Nov 26 – Libyan forces faced fierce resistance on Saturday from Daesh militants defending a final strip of land in their former stronghold of Sirte, losing at least five men, officials said. Forces led by fighters from the city of Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have taken all but a few

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Libyan Forces Edge Forward Against Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

TRIPOLI, Nov 24 – Libyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Daesh militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms. Backed by U.S. air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the jihadists to a

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Week In History: November 23rd – November 29th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 23, 1985: Terrorist Group Abu Nidal Hijacks EgyptAir Jet in Malta; 60 Killed  Three Palestinian members of the terrorist group Abu Nidal, an offshoot of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 enroute Cairo from Athens. The terrorists, calling themselves Egypt

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Veteran Algerian Jihadist’s Wife Arrested in Libya – Officials

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 21 – Authorities in eastern Libya say they have arrested a woman believed to be the wife of veteran Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar after she travelled from southern Libya to the city of Derna to give birth. East Libya‘s counter-terrorism department said the woman, named as Tunisian Asma Kadoussi,

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Blast in Libya’s Benghazi Kils Three Children – Hospital Official

BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 22 – At least three children were killed and 20 people wounded by a blast in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday, witnesses and a medical official said. A Reuters reporter saw billowing smoke and flames at the site of the explosion near the city’s Jala hospital, which destroyed several vehicles,

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Far From Mosul, Daesh Close to Defeat in Libya’s Sirte

By Patrick Markey SIRTE, Libya, Nov 20 – After six months of heavy fighting, Libyan forces have advanced so deep into the strategic city of Sirte that they can pick out the Tunisian and Egyptian accents of their Daesh enemies as they trade insults over the frontline. Victory is imminent on this remote front of

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Army on Rise in Libya’s East, Spurring Hopes of Normal Life

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 17  – At Benghazi University, graduation pictures shot at a wrecked campus symbolise hope for a return to normality in the city after more than two years of war. It is a war in which the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has been slowly prevailing against a coalition of

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