Archiv: Khalifa Haftar / LNA militia


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.