Sep 22, 2014

Raft sinks near Libya; 40 migrants missing

Forty migrants were missing after the raft that carried them sank around 30 miles (48.28 km) from eastern Libya, an Italian coast guard official said on Sunday. Italian authorities sent boats to the scene and 55 people have been rescued, but survivors said there ...

Sep 1, 2014

Militia says it 'secured' U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli

The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital has “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday. The Islamist militia’s move likely will reinvigorate ...

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Aug 28, 2014

Libya warns UNSC of possible slide into civil war

Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed. The 15-nation council met to discuss Libya days after its parliament, which was replaced in an ...

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: U.S. officials

Aug 26, 2014

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: U.S. officials

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of airstrikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt. Earlier The ...

Aug 24, 2014

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday seized Tripoli’s main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said. Pictures on social media purportedly showed Misrata fighters celebrating at the terminal building and standing on ...

Aug 21, 2014

American journalist executed by Islamic State remembered as driven

In 2011, just after he was released from the Libyan prison where he’d been held for six weeks, James Foley acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world’s most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death. “It’s pure luck that you ...

Aug 19, 2014

Renegade Libyan general claims airstrikes on Tripoli

Renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya’s worst violence since Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in 2011. Fighters from Misrata — ...

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Aug 14, 2014

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Libya’s newly elected parliament asked the United Nations for an “international intervention” and voted Wednesday to dismantle the militias responsible for violence raging across the country for weeks. Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since the 2011 ouster and killing of dictator ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Aug 1, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

by Brahma Chellaney

The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Jul 31, 2014

Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

Islamist groups have seized the army special forces headquarters in Libya’s Benghazi after days of fighting left at least 35 soldiers dead and plunged the country deeper into lawlessness. An Islamist and jihadist alliance announced the capture of the main military base in the ...