Can Libya Put Itself Back Together Again?

There’s a glimmer of hope.

#government-of-national-accord-libya, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-international-relations

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Denies Role in Libya Mercenary Operation

In an interview, the contractor pushed back against a United Nations report accusing him of breaching a decade-old arms embargo on Libya.

#arms-trade, #blackwater-worldwide, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #pilatus-aircraft, #prince-erik-d

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says

Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prince-erik-d, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations

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After a Decade of Chaos, Can a Splintered Libya Be Made Whole?

An interim government promises peace, unity and democratic elections. Skeptical Libyans say they’ve heard this promise before.

#central-bank-of-libya, #libya, #russia, #tripoli-libya, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations

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What We Learned From Mubarak

Regimes that muzzle their people’s voices eventually push people into venting their frustrations from muzzles of a different sort.

#assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khamenei-ali, #lebanon, #libya, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #mubarak-hosni, #putin-vladimir-v, #qaddafi-muammar-el

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Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

Few foreigners welcomed President Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years.

#africa, #eritrea, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #kyrgyzstan, #libya, #muslim-americans, #myanmar, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #syria, #tanzania, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lockerbie Bombing of 1988: US Unseals Charges Against New Suspect

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

#attorneys-general, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #masud-abu-agila-mohammad, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #pan-american-world-airways, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #scotland, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Unseals Charges Against New Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

Attorney General William P. Barr said that investigators had obtained a confession in 2012 from a bomb expert admitting his role in the terrorist attack on a jetliner over Scotland.

#attorneys-general, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #masud-abu-agila-mohammad, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #pan-american-world-airways, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #scotland, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Said to Be Near Charges for Another Suspect in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing

The attack on Pan Am flight 103 killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

#attorneys-general, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #barr-william-p, #justice-department, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #netherlands, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #senussi-abdullah-al, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Appeal in Lockerbie Bombing Reaches Scotland’s Highest Court

The family of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jetliner that killed 270 people, is seeking to clear his name, although he died in 2012.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #great-britain, #libya, #lockerbie-scotland, #megrahi-abdelbaset-ali-mohmed-al, #terrorism

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Cooperative Competition Is Possible Between China and the U.S.

A former vice foreign minister of China proposes a way forward for the world’s two leading powers.

#afghanistan, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #international-relations, #iraq, #libya, #national-peoples-congress-china, #politburo-standing-committee-of-the-communist-party-of-china, #taiwan, #territorial-disputes, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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At Least 74 Drown in Wreck Off Libya, U.N. Agency Says

A rubber raft crowded with at least 120 migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The craft was on a notoriously dangerous route for refugees trying to reach European shores.

#drownings, #international-organization-for-migration, #libya, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by Swordfish

The discovery of impaled sharks on Mediterranean shores backs up old fishermen’s tales of the marine predators dueling with swordfish.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #ichthyological-research-journal, #libya, #mediterranean-sea, #research, #sharks, #spain, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Libya’s Two Main Factions Agree to a Cease-Fire

The two main factions in years of civil war that have drawn in Russia, Turkey and other regional powers signed an accord at the United Nations in Geneva.

#government-of-national-accord-libya, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #libyan-national-army, #united-nations

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The Ship That Stopped 7,000 Migrants, and Smuggled 700,000 Cigarettes

The Caprera, an Italian warship, was deployed to Tripoli to help combat people-smugglers in Libya. Some of its sailors gathered a cargo of contraband.

#brindisi-italy, #european-union, #italy, #libya, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #smuggling

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Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

A confidential report sent to the Security Council details extensive breaches of the international arms embargo on Libya by eight countries since the beginning of the year.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-nations, #wagner-group

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Libyan Rivals Call for Peace Talks. It May Be Wishful Thinking.

The announcement of a cease-fire was a rare positive development in a chaotic conflict plagued by foreign meddling. But skeptics abound.

#hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #russia, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations

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How Two Russians Got Caught Up in Libya’s War, Now an Action Movie

The Russians, who said they were doing sociology research, were jailed on charges of political meddling. It’s the latest tale of foreign intrigue in Libya.

#association-for-free-research-and-international-cooperation-afric, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #madagascar, #misurata-libya, #movies, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #qaddafi-seif-al-islam-el, #russia, #sarraj-fayez-al, #shugalei-maksim, #tripoli-libya, #wagner-group

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U.N. Expresses Horror at Mass Graves in Libya

The discovery of eight mass graves near Tripoli was a grim reminder of the atrocities that have punctuated the country’s conflict.

#defense-and-military-forces, #guterres-antonio, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Erdogan and Trump Form New Bond as Interests Align

Relations between President Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have long blown hot and cold. For the moment, they are finding common cause.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #gulen-fethullah, #hifter-khalifa, #kurds, #libya, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #politics-and-government, #syria, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

#benghazi-libya, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #military-aircraft, #politics-and-government, #qaddafi-muammar-el, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-nations

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Russian-Backed Libyan Commander Retreats From Tripoli

Belligerents on all sides of the Libyan conflict, including Turkey, Russia and the U.A.E., are preparing for a new stage after a pullback by the forces of the commander, Khalifa Hifter.

#defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #tripoli-libya, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates

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U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya

The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon’s concern about Moscow’s growing influence in the country’s sprawling war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-international-relations, #wagner-group

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By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya’s chaos.

#benghazi-libya, #blackwater-worldwide, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prince-erik-d, #russia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wagner-group

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In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

With a succession of quick victories, Turkish-supported forces in Libya have rolled back the gains of a would-be strongman whose allies, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, now face tough choices.

#defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hifter-khalifa, #international-relations, #libya, #russia, #turkey, #united-arab-emirates, #united-nations

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Latest Tactic to Push Migrants From Europe? A Private, Clandestine Fleet

The government of Malta enlisted three privately owned fishing trawlers to intercept migrants in the Mediterranean, and force them back to a war zone, officials and a boat captain say.

#asylum-right-of, #illegal-immigration, #libya, #malta, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #ships-and-shipping

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‘Which Death Is Going to Be Worse?’ Coronavirus Invades a Conflict Zone

Libyans have been fleeing bombs and shells throughout the country’s six-year civil war. But with the arrival of the coronavirus, virtually nowhere is safe to hide.

#civilian-casualties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #libya, #tripoli-libya

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The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It

Russia wanted more leverage over an aspiring Libyan strongman. The White House provided it by assenting to a disastrous civil war.

#bolton-john-r, #hifter-khalifa, #libya, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #united-states-international-relations, #wagner-group

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