Archiv: Khalifa Haftar / LNA militia


01.07.2020 - 22:22 [ France24 ]

France suspends role in NATO naval mission over tensions with Turkey

Ties between NATO allies France and Turkey have soured in recent weeks over Libya, Northern Syria and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.

19.06.2020 - 23:31 [ France24 ]

Turkey says will work with Italy for Libya peace, excoriates EU

Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments during a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. Italy and Turkey support the U.N.-backed government that is based in Tripoli against the rival forces under the command of Khalifa Hifter, who is supported by France, Russia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and other key Arab countries.

09.06.2020 - 22:20 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel expressed concern about the escalation of hostilities in Libya and emphasised that a speedy ceasefire and launch of intra-Libyan negotiations under the auspices of the UN were essential. The Russian side gave a positive assessment of Egypt’s mediation efforts to peacefully settle the Libyan crisis, following on from the decisions of the Berlin International Conference held on January 19 of this year.

Key aspects of developments in Syria, including those related to the humanitarian needs of the population of the republic, were also discussed.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

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

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bericht zu Projekt „Opus“: UN enttarnen Geheimprojekt in Libyen

Im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen war offenbar eine Geheimmission privater Einsatzkräfte im Gange – gelenkt aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen hervor, aus dem die Nachrichtenagenturen dpa und Bloomberg zitieren. Dubiose Sicherheitsfirmen wollten demnach den libyschen Warlord Chalifa Haftar unterstützen – und schmuggelten dazu Hubschrauber und planten Überfälle auf Schiffe im Mittelmeer.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

28.04.2020 - 19:21 [ Tagesschau ]

Libyen: Haftar kündigt Abkommen auf

Dass Haftar jetzt das vor fünf Jahren geschlossene Abkommen aufkündigte, wirkt seltsam. Denn: Seine Offensive war bislang erfolglos. Die Milizen, die auf Seiten der anerkannten Regierung kämpfen, machen Gebietsgewinne, indem sie Haftar und seine Verbündeten zurückdrängen.

19.01.2020 - 09:50 [ RT.com ]

Libyan National Oil Corporation declares ‘state of emergency’ after Haftar’s forces close eastern oil ports

Libya’s national oil company has declared a “state of emergency” after exports of its oil from the ports in the eastern part of the country were blocked by forces loyal to the Libyan National Army’s General Khalifa Haftar.

The Petroleum Facilities Guard – a militia that controls major export terminals in eastern Libya – has ordered local subsidiaries of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), who run them, to cease all operations, the firm said in a statement.

17.01.2020 - 13:07 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM calls Merkel over Libya talks snub

He also revealed he has sent letters outlining Greece’s positions to his European Union counterparts, and European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

17.01.2020 - 13:05 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM threatens veto over Libya as Haftar visits Athens

Meanwhile, Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern Libyan forces, arrived in Athens on Thursday night and held an informal meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias ahead of their official talks on Friday. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament.

17.01.2020 - 13:00 [ Tagesschau ]

Vor Treffen in Berlin: Griechenland droht mit Libyen-Veto

Griechenland stemmt sich gegen den Vertrag zwischen Tripolis und der Türkei, weil er nach Ansicht Athens das Anrecht Griechenlands auf Seegebiete ignoriert, in denen Erdgasvorkommen vermutet werden.

Um so größer ist der Ärger, in Berlin nicht dabei zu sein

16.01.2020 - 22:42 [ Tagesschau ]

Maas in Libyen: Haftar will Waffenstillstand einhalten

„Er hat zugesagt – unabhängig davon, dass er die Waffenstillstandsvereinbarung Anfang der Woche in Moskau nicht unterschrieben hat – den Waffenstillstand einzuhalten. Das ist außerordentlich wichtig“, sagte Maas nach einem dreistündigen Gespräch mit Haftar im libyschen Bengasi.

14.01.2020 - 19:41 [ Sueddeutsche ]

Merkel lädt für Sonntag zu Libyen-Treffen in Berlin ein

Der Bürgerkrieg in Libyen tobt seit dem vom Westen unterstützten Sturz des Langzeitherrschers Muammar al-Gaddafi im Jahr 2011. Die Türkei unterstützt die international anerkannte Regierung von Ministerpräsident Al-Sarradsch. Russland stärkt – wie Ägypten, Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) – General Haftar.

13.01.2020 - 18:52 [ Heise.de ]

Libyen: Verhandlungen in Russland und Deutschland

Fajis as-Sarradsch, Chalifa Haftar und Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reisten heute nach Moskau, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wird am Sonntag in Berlin erwartet

08.01.2020 - 22:41 [ German Foreign Policy ]

In der Zuschauerrolle

Nach der Zusammenkunft veröffentlichten die Außenminister und der EU-Außenbeauftragte eine gemeinsame Erklärung, in der sie – als Vertreter von Staaten, die sich seit je politisch in Libyen einmischen – erklärten: „Die anhaltende Einmischung von außen schürt die Krise“; überhaupt sei auswärtiger Einfluss „zum Nachteil der nationalen Interessen des Landes“. Maas berichtete, es sei ein „sehr konstruktives Gespräch gewesen“; seine drei Amtskollegen und Borrell hätten den „Berlin-Prozess“ unterstützt. Noch in diesem Monat solle die angekündigte internationale Libyen-Konferenz stattfinden.

06.01.2020 - 03:16 [ The National ]

Egypt holds war games in Mediterranean as Turkey declares military intervention

Egypt says it has staged large-scale naval war games in the Mediterranean, throwing into the drills some of its most valuable and recent acquisitions, including a French-made helicopter carrier and a German-made submarine.

05.01.2020 - 12:31 [ Tagesspiegel ‏/ Twitter ]

Bei einem #Luftangriff auf die Militärakademie in #Libyen hat es mindestens 28 Tote gegeben. Das Militär der international anerkannten Regierung beschuldigt „unbekannte ausländische Kampfflugzeuge“, die Rebellengeneral Chalifa Haftar unterstützen sollen

27.12.2019 - 00:59 [ Egypt Today ]

Sisi, Trump discuss Libyan crisis, Ethiopian Dam talks

The Egyptian leader also hailed the role played by the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, to combat terrorism, and thwart the activities of the armed organizations and militias that have threatened regional security.

26.12.2019 - 01:13 [ OilPrice ]

Putin Makes A Move In Libya’s Oil Crescent

This might seem odd given the constructive relationship between Moscow and Field Marshal Haftar – Sirte is much deeper in Haftar-controlled territory and thus might be perceived as safer to work at – yet in this case it is the 3 previous discoveries that eventually carried the day. If heavy streams are added to Tatneft’s portfolio or if Gazprom decides to restart works on its offshore block, the political link between Moscow and Tripoli might get even more thorough.

24.12.2019 - 17:02 [ theGuardian.com ]

Mercenaries flock to Libya raising fears of prolonged war

A new wave of mercenaries from Sudan is fighting in Libya, deepening concerns that the conflict in the north African state has descended into an intractable international war that could destabilise much of the region.

Leaders of two different groups of Sudanese fighters active in Libya have told the Guardian that they had received hundreds of new recruits in recent months. Both groups were fighting with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

22.12.2019 - 01:38 [ Reuters ]

Eastern Libyan forces seize ship with a Turkish crew: spokesman

Eastern Libyan forces seized a Grenada-flagged ship with a Turkish crew on Saturday off the Libyan coast, a spokesman said, amid rising tensions with Turkey, which supports the rival and internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli.

19.12.2019 - 21:23 [ Libyanexpress.com ]

Libya’s GNA accepts Turkey’s offer for military support to repel Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli

Libya’s United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord has accepted an offer from Turkey for military and logistical support as it seeks to repel an offensive led by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar.

19.12.2019 - 21:21 [ ORF.at ]

Bürgerkrieg: Libyen will türkische Hilfe in Anspruch nehmen

Bei dem Treffen Ende November hatten Sarradsch und Erdogan auch ein Abkommen über Seegrenzen im Mittelmeer unterschrieben. Dabei geht es um Erdgasbohrungen südlich von Zypern.

19.12.2019 - 21:17 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Tripolis umzingelt: Libysche Einheitsregierung drängt auf Ausbau der Militärkooperation mit Türkei

Der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan und der Chef der Tripolis-Regierung, Fayez al-Sarradsch, hatten Ende November ein Abkommen über das gegenseitige Einverständnis im Militärbereich und hinsichtlich der See-Zonen unterzeichnet. Griechenland, Ägypten und das in Ostlibyen sitzende Repräsentantenhaus (das Parlament) bezeichneten die türkisch-libyschen Memoranden als illegitim und außer Kraft.

Zuvor hatte der mit den ostlibyschen Behörden kooperierende Marschall Haftar den Start eines entschiedenen Gefechts und des Vordringens in das Zentrum von Tripolis angekündigt.

15.12.2019 - 14:04 [ Heise.de ]

Türkische Mittelmeerpläne: Libyen als „Trojanisches Pferd“

(10.12.2019)

Die Reihe derer, denen die Türkei mit einem Maritim-Abkommen, auf die Füße tritt, ist lang: Angefangen von der Republik Zypern, Griechenland, der EU und Israel reicht die Liste bis zum libyschen Feldmarschall Haftar und seiner LNA-Miliz, großen libyschen Stämmen, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Ägypten, der russischen Führung und dem französischen Präsidenten Macron.

15.12.2019 - 13:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows

Ankara ready to defend government in Tripoli in latest policy to inflame tensions with US, EU, Greece and Middle East countries

15.12.2019 - 01:41 [ Xinhuanet ]

Tunisia on high security alert in light of Libyan situation

According to Hayouni, the degree of vigilance is increased in anticipation of any emergency resulting from the events currently taking place in Libya and the subsequent influx of a large number of Libyan families, as well as the possibility of infiltration of certain armed groups on Tunisian soil.

15.12.2019 - 01:33 [ The Straits Times ]

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a „pleasure yacht“ to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters – Libya’s warring parties are running rings around a UN arms embargo.

15.12.2019 - 01:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Spotlight: Active military involvement in Libya serves no Turkish interest: analysts

A senior navy officer from the Tobruk-based rival forces reportedly said he was ordered by Haftar to sink any approaching Turkish research vessels.

Haftar, who failed to capture Tripoli in a major attack earlier this year, announced late Thursday that the „decisive battle“ to seize Tripoli began.

24.11.2019 - 15:04 [ ORF.at ]

Libyscher General verhängt Flugverbotszone

Nach Bekanntwerden des Absturzes von zwei Aufklärungsdrohnen der USA und Italiens in Libyen haben Milizen eine Flugverbotszone für Teile des Bürgerkriegslandes verhängt.

Die Zone reiche von der Küstenstadt Sirte bis Suara, teilte Ahmed al-Mesmari, der Sprecher der Truppen von General Chalifa Haftar, gestern mit.

18.11.2019 - 21:17 [ ORF.at ]

Sieben Tote und 30 Verletzte bei Luftangriff in Tripolis

Regierungstreue Kräfte erklärten auf Facebook, „Drohnen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate“ hätten den Anschlag verübt, um den „Kriegsverbrecher Haftar“ zu unterstützen.

12.07.2019 - 11:41 [ ORF.at ]

Tripolis will nach Fund französischer Waffen Erklärung

Der Außenminister der international anerkannten Einheitsregierung in Tripolis, Mohammed Tahar Siala, rief seinen französischen Amtskollegen Jean-Yves Le Drian „dringend“ auf zu erklären, wann und wie die Waffen in den Besitz von Haftars Truppen gelangt seien.

12.07.2019 - 11:35 [ France24.com ]

Missiles belonging to French army found at pro-Haftar base in Libya

(10.07.2019)

The missiles were intended for the “protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations”, the ministry added.

In its statement, the French ministry of defence also denied the Javelins had been given to Haftar’s forces, and it further reiterated that the arms were not subject to import restrictions because they were intended for the protection of French troops.

04.07.2019 - 11:58 [ Middle East Eye ]

Libyan militia building mercenary air force, rivals claim

(04.05.2017)

From February 2015, the Ukrainian Glissada company, specialising in the supply of spare parts for airplanes and helicopters of various nations, began looking for pilots and technicians with experience on the Mirage F1 for full-time jobs in Africa.

The final client was Libya Dawn, via the Caravana Middle East company based in Jordan and directed by a US-Jordanian, Rami Ghanem Najm, according to MEE’s source. Najm was arrested in December 2015 in Greece on an international arrest warrant and extradited to the US on arms trafficking charges.

The first two foreign mercenaries appeared in Misrata in June 2015. One of them refused to bomb LNA troops and left. The other – an Ecuadorian, reinforced by technicians of the same country – carried out several air strikes against LNA forces, then Islamic State militants in the Sirte region.

04.07.2019 - 11:45 [ The Economist ‏/ Twitter ]

General Haftar has powerful friends. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE provide him with arms, fighter jets and money

08.05.2019 - 00:25 [ derstandard.at ]

Libysche Rebellen schießen ausländischen Piloten ab

Der Verletzte, der Angaben der Rebellen zufolge die portugiesische Staatsbürgerschaft hat, wurde mit blutverschmiertem Gesicht gefilmt, die Bilder auf sozialen Netzwerken verbreitet. Ein Augenzeuge bestätigte der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters, dass das Flugzeug in Al-Hira, in der Nähe der 80 Kilometer südlich der Hauptstadt gelegenen Stadt Gharyan, abgestürzt sei, eine Stellungnahme der Regierung in Tripolis steht noch aus.

06.05.2019 - 17:37 [ Zeit.de ]

Libyen: Hunderte Menschen sterben bei jüngsten Gefechten

Seit Anfang April kämpfen Rebellen um die Hauptstadt Tripolis, wo die von den UN gestützte Regierung sitzt. Die WHO berichtet von einem starken Anstieg der Opferzahlen.

23.04.2019 - 10:53 [ junge Welt ]

Libyen – Haftar trumpft auf

Dessen Regime unter General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gehört zu Haftars wichtigsten und zuverlässigsten Unterstützern. Hauptsächlich von dort und aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten kommen nach Erkenntnissen der UNO die Waffen, die trotz eines 2011 vom Sicherheitsrat beschlossenen Embargos an Haftars Truppen geliefert werden. Die Rechnungen zahlt zu einem großen Teil Saudi-Arabien.

21.04.2019 - 15:24 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Libyens Hauptstadt: Kampf um Tripolis eskaliert weiter

Zudem gab es Luftabwehrfeuer der Armee, nachdem eine Drohne oder ein anderes Kampfflugzeug wiederholt minutenlang über der Stadt gekreist sei und dann angegriffen habe. Die Explosionen seien schwerer gewesen als in den vergangenen Tagen.

Den Einwohnern zufolge sollen mehrere Raketen in einem Stützpunkt der Regierungstruppen in einem südlichen Außenbezirk eingeschlagen sein.

21.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Residents had reported drone strikes in recent days, but there has been no confirmation and explosions heard in the city centre this time were louder than in previous days.

Residents counted several missile strikes, one of which apparently hit a military camp of forces loyal to the UN-recognised government in the Sabaa district in the south of the capital – scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces.

20.04.2019 - 18:00 [ junge Welt ]

Ein Führungstraum

So deutet sich eine Antwort auf die Frage an, was die Bundeswehr in der Sahara soll: die Stellvertreter Italiens und Frankreichs beim Krach ums Öl auseinanderhalten und Migranten in die Wüste jagen. Deutschland wird Friedensstifter. Ein Führungstraum.

20.04.2019 - 16:07 [ CNN ]

Trump praises Libyan general as his troops march on US backed government in Tripoli

President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s vast oil resources even as Haftar’s troops continue their offensive against the UN and US-backed government in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

19.04.2019 - 21:18 [ Reuters ]

White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday

Both the United States and Russia said on Thursday they could not support a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya at this time.

Haftar was among officers who helped Gaddafi rise to power in 1969 but fell out with him during Libya’s war with Chad in the 1980s. Haftar was taken prisoner by the Chadians and had to be rescued by the CIA after having worked from Chad to overthrow Gaddafi.

He lived for around 20 years in the U.S. state of Virginia before returning home in 2011 to join other rebels in the uprising that ousted Gaddafi.

13.04.2019 - 23:37 [ ORF.at ]

Ostlibyen will Offensive auf Tripolis fortsetzen

Die Kämpfe konzentrierten sich zuletzt auf einen ausgedienten Flughafen etwa elf Kilometer vom Stadtzentrum entfernt. Bei einem Angriff der ostlibyschen Armee (LNA) wurde der Hof einer Grundschule getroffen, wie ein Reuters-Reporter beobachten konnte. Laut LNA war das Ziel eigentlich ein Lager der Tripolis-Truppen.

12.04.2019 - 20:32 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli

The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Mr. Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4.

12.04.2019 - 13:22 [ ORF.at ]

Tausende fliehen vor Gefechten aus Tripolis

Die Libysche National Armee (LNA) des abtrünnigen Generals Chalifa Haftar kämpfte in der Gegend des stillgelegten internationalen Flughafens und im Bezirk Ain Sara gegen die Streitkräfte der international anerkannten Regierung. Nach ihrem Vormarsch hat sich die LNA in den südlichen Vororten von Tripolis etwa elf Kilometer vom Zentrum entfernt festgesetzt.

10.04.2019 - 20:39 [ Moon of Alabama ]

Libya – From Ghaddafi To Hafter

In March 2011 the United Kindom, France and the U.S. set out to destroy the government of Libya. Muslim Brotherhood militia and al-Qaeda aligned forces, equipped by Qatar and supported by Britain, took the easten city of Benghazi. The U.S. airforce destroyed government troops on the ground and helped the militants to capture and murder Muhammar Ghaddafi. Chaos ensued as various tribal forces, local militia and Islamists fought over control of the cities and the spoils.

10.04.2019 - 01:53 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Die nächste Runde im libyschen Krieg

Mit diesem Krieg, an dem sich auch deutsche Soldaten in NATO-Hauptquartieren beteiligten, haben die westlichen Mächte Libyen in seine heutige fatale Situation gebombt: Ihrem Militäreinsatz verdankt das Land letztlich den Bürgerkrieg.

08.04.2019 - 21:15 [ France24.com ]

Haftar’s forces continue push into Tripoli as Libya crisis escalates

The UN has reported that thousands are fleeing the capital city in face of Haftar’s surprise offensive.

Forces loyal to Haftar have pressed on with their assault since Thursday despite international calls to halt hostilities.

The fighting in southern Tripoli has so far killed at least 25 and wounded 80, a spokesman for the health ministry said Monday.

07.04.2019 - 14:22 [ petroleum-economist.com ]

Libya’s oil fields fall into Haftar’s hands

(today)

In the short term, Haftar’s offensive has actually improved Libya’s oil production, now running at about 1mn bl/d. Sharara had been closed since December after the militia paid to guard it took control, demanding a massive pay rise. When Haftar’s forces captured Sharara they allowed the militia to stay, provided it removed key leaders and dropped excessive pay demands. In early March the NOC reopened the field.

07.04.2019 - 14:17 [ Bloomberg ]

Libya’s Haftar Takes Control of Country’s Largest Oil Field

(11.2.2019)

Armed protesters had closed down the 300,000 barrel-per-day deposit in December, demanding more money and investment in the remote region.

“Sharara is completely secure and ready to resume pumping,” LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “The guards at the field handed over the field to our forces peacefully.”

07.04.2019 - 13:07 [ European Council on Foreign Relations ]

France’s strongman strategy in the Sahel

(8.3.2019)

Last month, French planes struck rebel convoys that were making for the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, in an intervention lasting several days. The convoys had entered Chad from bases in Libya and belonged to the Union des Forces de la Résistance (UFR), a group that has sought to overthrow Chad’s president, Idriss Déby Itno, ever since its formation in 2009. Their leader in the mission? None other than Déby’s nephew, Timame Erdimi.

07.04.2019 - 13:01 [ Reuters ]

Backing Chad’s Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

(4.2.2019)

The Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR), a rebel Chadian coalition created in 2009 after almost toppling Deby, said it was behind the offensive. CCMSR is a splinter group of the UFR.

“The aim is to bring Deby down,” a UFR official said.

07.04.2019 - 12:59 [ thedefensepost.com ]

Haftar’s Libyan National Army says it hit Chad rebels in new airstrikes

(8.2.2019)

The “violent and painful” strikes targeted groups near Marzouk in southern Libya, the LNA added, without giving further details.

The LNA on Sunday announced it had carried out an air strike against “Chadian opposition” groups in the same area.

07.04.2019 - 12:10 [ Middle East Monitor ]

France commends the Libyan National Army’s ‘great progress’ in the south

(20.3.2019)

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded the “great progress” made in southern Libya by Libya’s National Army Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar, pointing out at the same time that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Le Drian said during a visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli that “significant progress has been made in the south of the country in countering terrorist groups, organised crime groups and foreign armed groups, which have heightened instability in the region for a long time,” according to AFP.

07.04.2019 - 12:00 [ intpolicydigest.org ]

Libyan General Haftar’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

(1.4.2019)

This visit, which occurred one day before the Saudi monarch departed for the annual Arab League summit in Tunis, marked the first meeting between Haftar and King Salman. While in the Saudi capital, Haftar also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With the Saudi king, the Libyan commander discussed the “latest developments” in Libya’s civil war that erupted in 2014. King Salman affirmed Riyadh’s “keenness for the security and stability of Libya.”

07.04.2019 - 11:56 [ France24.com ]

How the West’s silence emboldened Libya’s Haftar

The 75-year-old Haftar, who has switched sides and loyalties in the course of a military career spanning half-a-century, has portrayed himself as the only man who can bring stability to Libya and crush the Islamists in the North African nation.

It’s a pitch that has won Haftar audiences with leaders in Paris, Rome, Moscow, Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. But analysts warn that the self-aggrandising military man is unlikely or unable to deliver on both fronts.

07.04.2019 - 11:30 [ Libya Observer ]

EU ambassadors meet Haftar in Benghazi, voice concern about human rights, intl. law violations

(26.3.2019)

The EU delegation in Libya issued a statement saying the ambassadors and representatives of the European Union, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden met with Haftar to reaffirm the EU’s support to the efforts of UN SRSG Ghassan Salame towards ending the transitional phase which Libyans have been living through since the February revolution, and to urge all parties to rally behind these efforts to ensure the success of the National Conference which will convene in Ghadames next month.

07.04.2019 - 11:18 [ SRF.ch ]

Gefechte vor Tripolis – G7-Staaten warnen General Haftar vor Eskalation in Libyen

(6.4.2019) Es sei gut, dass der UNO-Sicherheitsrat ein klares Signal gegeben habe, «dass Schluss sein muss mit der militärischen Eskalation», sagte der deutsche Aussenminister Heiko Maas am Samstag am Rande des Treffens im bretonischen Küstenort Dinard.

Der UNO-Sicherheitsrat hatte Haftar und seine selbst ernannte Libysche Nationalarmee (LNA) am Freitag aufgerufen, alle militärischen Bewegungen zu stoppen.

07.04.2019 - 11:15 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Haftar-Armee soll Flughafen von Tripolis vollständig kontrollieren

(6.4.2019) Die Libysche Nationalarmee (LNA) unter dem Kommando von General Khalifa Haftar soll den Flughafen von Tripolis vollständig unter ihre Kontrolle gebracht haben. Das folgt aus einer Mitteilung des Armeekommandos auf seinem Facebook-Account.

20.11.2018 - 10:00 [ Reuters ]

Libya commander Haftar visits Russia ahead of conference

(7.11.2018) Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian media reported, signalling Kremlin support ahead of a conference aimed at settling the north African country’s years of strife.

20.11.2018 - 09:57 [ Tass.com ]

Military commander says Libya is at war, has to protect its borders

(13.11.2018) Head of the Libyan National Army field marshal Khalifa Haftar has said Libya is at war and has to protect its borders from illegal migrants, terrorists and extremists.

20.11.2018 - 09:55 [ Jamestown Foundation ]

Moscow Laying Groundwork for Deeper Military Involvement in Libya

(13.11.2018) Specifically, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Yevgeny Prigozhin—a friend of President Vladimir Putin’s and the overseer of several Russian “private” military companies (PMC), including the Wagner Group—received Libyan military strongman Khalif Haftar in Moscow.