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Anti-Hafter, Islamist militia coalition form political party

Anti-Hafter, Islamist militia coalition form political party

Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 17 February 2019: Militia commanders from western Libya representing mainly a coalition of anti Hafter forces, Islamists, the former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Libya Dawn, met at Tripoli's Rixos conference centre yesterday to launch a political party with an armed wing. Under the banner of “Together to Build a Civil Sate” the gathered militia commanders launched the Libyan National Assembly party. The gathering had initially been billed as the launchpad for the establishment of a new coalition of the Western Region Protection Force comprising militias from Tripoli, Misrata, Zintan, Zawia and Gharian as an alliance against what they call “counter-revolutionary forces”. The Western Region Protection Force was first mentioned by the Tripoli Protection Force (TPF) on 8 February.  It said that it will be integrating itself into a new larger coalition under one unified command. The short statement had given no other [...]
libyaherald, 2 days ago

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14 Zawia refinery Tunisian employees kidnapped by armed gang

14 Zawia refinery Tunisian employees kidnapped by armed gang

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 16 February 2019: Libya's Tripoli Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed media reports of last week's kidnapping of 14 Tunisians working at Zawia refinery. The MoI confirmed that they were kidnapped by an "armed group" on their way to work at the refinery. It did not reveal the identity of the group nor disclose if it knew the identity of the group. Libyan media reports have speculated that the Tunisians were kidnapped in order to be used in a swap for Libyans imprisoned by the Tunisian authorities. The MoI said that it was following the incident with keen interest and concern. It warned against the consequences of these extrajudicial acts, which endanger the safety of civilians and harm the national interest of Libyans. The MoI stressed its eagerness to ensure the safety of all foreigners in Libya and said it will not allow the extortion of their countries for personal purposes. The MoI stressed the close relations between Tunisia and [...]
libyaherald, 3 days ago

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Tripoli militias: yes to democracy, elections, moderate Islam. No to militarization, individual glorification, the criminal Hafter and external agendas!

Tripoli militias: yes to democracy, elections, moderate Islam. No to militarization, individual glorification, the criminal Hafter and external agendas!

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 15 February 2019: In a statement released yesterday congratulating the Libyan people on the occasion of the eight anniversary on Sunday of Libya's 17 February 2011 resolution, the Tripoli Protection Force (TPF), said they supported tolerant Islam, democracy and renounced the criminal Hafter. The TPF is a coalition of Tripoli's main militias including the Tripoli Revolutionaries' Brigade, the Busleem Brigade and the Nawasi brigade. They amalgamated last December. The TPF recalled the sacrifices of life made by Libyans during the 2011 Revolution for the homeland to end the age of "slavery and tyranny" to enjoy freedom and embark on democracy and building a state of institutions and law, under the umbrella of tolerant Islamic sharia. The TPF said it renews and affirms its total rejection of the militarization of the state and the glorification of individuals who seek to govern Libyans without giving them the right to determine the fate of [...]
libyaherald, 4 days ago

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Serraj appoints Shareef as new Chief of Staff and Juha as his Assisstant

Serraj appoints Shareef as new Chief of Staff and Juha as his Assisstant

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 14 February 2019: Faiez Serraj, head of the Presidency Council and Government of National Accord, passed two decrees in his role as Supreme Commander of the (Tripoli-based) Libyan Army appointing a new Chief of Staff and his Assisstant. The decrees were published today but are both dated 5 February. Serraj appointed General Mohammed al-Shareef as Chief of Staff replacing Abdul Rahman al-Taweel and appointed Maj. Gen. Salim Juha as his assistant. It will be recalled that Serraj had also appointed Ali Kana as the Southern Military Region Commander last week. Juha, who is a leading Misrata militia commander, has been regularly linked to the post of Chief of Staff over the years and especially more recently during the Cairo Libyan army reunification talks. However, it is reported that he has consistently resisted the top national army role. Juha has particularly been linked with a role in some kind of committee or joint chief of staff role [...]
libyaherald, 5 days ago

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LNA top brass flex muscles in south, engage in positive image projection

LNA top brass flex muscles in south, engage in positive image projection

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 13 February 2019: The top brass of the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) engaged in a show of power projection at Tamenhint Airbase today. In a choreographed piece of slick public relations (or propaganda), the LNA's General Command arrived in Sebha to what it billed as a follow up of its military operations in the southern region. The LNA's Military Media Division said they had arrived at the Karama (Dignity) Operations Room in Tamenhint airbase following the orders of LNA’s General Commander, Khalifa Haftar. The senior LNA commanders that arrived included Air Force Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Saqr Al-Jaroushi, Director of the Special Forces Directorate Major General Wanis Boukhamada, Secretary-General of LNA’s General Command Maj. Gen. Abdelkareem Hadia and Director of the General Commander’s Office Major General Khairi Al-Tamimi. Speaking at a press conference today, the LNA's Official Spokesperson Ahmed [...]
libyaherald, 6 days ago

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PC meets foreign media and vows to facilitate their work

PC meets foreign media and vows to facilitate their work

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 12 February 2019: The Faiez Serraj Presidency Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA) met today with accredited foreign media representative in Tripoli and vowed to facilitate their work in Libya. The meeting included Serraj's Media Advisor Hassan Al-Huni, his personal spokesperson Mohamed El-Sallak and the Media Head of the Serraj Interior Ministry. A number of issues impeding foreign media operations in western Libya as well as ways to mitigate them were discussed. The Serraj PC/GNA vowed to facilitate the work of foreign media in achieving accuracy and establishing the facts in reporting stories. The Interior Ministry Media Head stated that his Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha has issued instructions to all its Ministry to ease and facilitate the work of foreign media in western Libya. He called for cooperation between the media departments of all the Serraj Ministries and foreign media representatives to better [...]
libyaherald, 7 days ago

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Brookings Institute paper seeks empowered cities solution to Libya problem

Brookings Institute paper seeks empowered cities solution to Libya problem

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 11 February 2019: A Brookings Institute paper published today entitled "Empowered decentralization: A city-based strategy for rebuilding Libya", proposes a more active US role in Libyan affairs to reduce external interference. It suggests the US re-opens its embassy and posts an ambassador in Libya for a more reinvigorated engagement. The new approach would refocus police towards ore stabilization of Libya, away from the current counter-terrorism focus. The new approach would focus on empowering and working with mainly city-based municipalities. It would use the distribution of Libya's rentier-state funds as the carrot to gain the support of cities, tribes and militias. The approach does not focus on the DDR of militias nor does it seek a rush to elections. Here is the full executive summary of the report: "Libya has floundered since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, and continues to struggle now. There are elements of a [...]
libyaherald, 8 days ago

Predicted: People and Culture

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NOC welcomes Attorney General’s decision to arrest fuel smugglers

NOC welcomes Attorney General’s decision to arrest fuel smugglers

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 10 February 2019: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) and it's fuel distribution subsidiary, Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC), welcomed yesterday the Attorney General’s decision on Thursday to arrest the owners of fuel stations involved in organized smuggling. This fuel smuggling activity is currently costing the Libyan state over US$ 750 million annually, the NOC said. The Attorney General had issued on Thursday arrest warrants for 103 fuel station owners involved in smuggling and the illegal disposal of fuel, It also ordered the sealing of 115 petrol stations with official red wax to stop their supply of fuel. The Attorney General also ordered the Central Bank of Libya to freeze the accounts of owners of these petrol stations across all banks in Libya. The NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: “We commend the efforts of the Public Prosecutor (Attorney General) in the fight to eradicate smuggling and guarantee citizens [...]
libyaherald, 9 days ago

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TPF calls for investigation into Khoms port arms shipments as MoI seizes them on behalf of AG

TPF calls for investigation into Khoms port arms shipments as MoI seizes them on behalf of AG

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By Sami Zaptia. London, 9 February 2019: The Tripoli Protection Force (TPF), a coaliton of Tripoli's main militias, has called on Libya's Attorney General to immediately and urgently investigate the shipment of armoured vehicles that was seized by customs officers at the port of Khoms. There were unconfirmed reports that guns were fired at the port as there was an attempt to forcibly remove the armoured vehicles form the port. It will be recalled that the Serraj Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that the seized shipment of armoured vehicles arriving on the Maltese flagged ship Marco was confiscated by its forces upon the instruction of the Attorney General's Office - until the Attorney General's Office concludes its investigation into the case. The shipment had allegedly arrived from Turkey, but reportedly had no official documentation. This may have been convenient as there is still a UN ban on the export of weapons to Libya.     The TPF also [...]
libyaherald, 10 days ago

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Tensions rise in south as multiplicity of forces enter the power play

Tensions rise in south as multiplicity of forces enter the power play

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By Jamal Adel. Kufra, 7 February 2019: The military situations in southwest Libya continues to escalate threatening to destabilize the whole of Libya. Events have cascaded over the last week and are ever-changing, almost on a daily basis. They continue to reflect the power struggle between western and eastern Libya, and the power and security vacuum and local power struggle in the southern region. Days after the Khalifa Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) mobilization in Fezzan's capital town of Sebha, the LNA announced the killing of key terror elements near Brak Shatti. On Saturday, th LNA clashed with alleged Chadian groups as they strengthened  their grip on and around the town of Ghadduwah some 65 Kilometers southeast Sebha. Three LNA members died as a result and reportedly a high number of casualties suffered. However, the Tebu community claim that the LNA is targeting them by allying with local LNA-affiliated groups, particularly of Awlad [...]
libyaherald, 12 days ago

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