Libya

Gaddafi’s Son Said to be Freed in Libya, Whereabouts Unclear

BENGHAZI, Libya, June 11 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been freed by an armed group holding him in the western town of Zintan where he was taken after the 2011 revolt against his father, according to one of his lawyers and a statement from the brigade. The

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Trump Awaited in Middle East With Foreboding and Hope

May 18 – U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel, two bastions of relative calm in the war-battered Middle East, on his first foreign trip beginning this weekend. In much of the region, authoritarian governments duel for power with political Islamists and militants as rival creeds and ethnic groups vie for dominance.

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They Escaped Daesh, But Their Horror Hasn’t Ended

By Selam Gebrekidan SIRTE, Libya, Dec 14 – One mild morning in October, when the roar of fighter jets over Sirte had died down and the crackle of gunfire had paused, Minya Mesmer decided to break free. After 14 months as a slave in Libya, the 33-year-old Eritrean had to get away. She could no

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No Respite for Libya After Daesh Driven from Coastal City

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Dec 9 – As Daesh’s last defences crumbled this week in their Libyan bastion Sirte, dozens of women and children used as human shields stumbled dazed and dust-caked from the rubble. Fighters from the armed groups that defeated the jihadists feted the end of a punishing six-month battle by flying Libyan

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Eastern Libyan Forces Foil Rival Faction’s Advance on Oil Ports

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 7  – Eastern Libyan forces said they thwarted an attempted advance on some of Libya’s major oil ports on Wednesday, hitting a rival faction with air strikes and capturing some of its commanders. The violence raised the prospect of a fresh struggle for control of the oil ports and

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Libyan Forces Taking Last Few Buildings from Daesh in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya, Dec 6  – Libyan forces said on Tuesday they were securing the last few buildings where Daesh militants had been making a final stand in their former North African stronghold of Sirte. Officials said that women and children were in two of the buildings in the city’s Ghiza Bahriya district and that a

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Libyan Forces Take Control of Last Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

MISRATA, Libya, Dec 5  – Libyan forces took control on Monday of the final cluster of buildings where Daesh militants were holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte, and were securing the area, a spokesman said. Daesh took over Sirte in early 2015, setting up its most important base outside the Middle

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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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