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Gen. Haftar: Libyan forces lack weapons to defeat ISIL in Sirte

Gen. Khalifa Haftar

Special to WorldTribune.com A lack of weapons has limited the ability of Libyan forces in their ongoing battle with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Sirte, the military commander of Libya’s internationally-recognized government said. “Lack […]

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Boko Haram strengthens ties with ISIL, sends fighters to Libya

Boko Haram terrorists.

Special to WorldTribune.com Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram has bolstered its alliance with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) by sending jihadists to fight alongside ISIL in Libya. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIL in March. In June, ISIL […]

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Italian foreign minister: Libya could become next Somalia

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya could become “another Somalia” if the country’s two rival governments fail to reach a peace agreement, Italy’s foreign minister said in a joint statement with the U.S. and European allies. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said time […]

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Libyan appeal for help against ISIL falls on deaf ears at UN

Militiamen fire a rocket at ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya.

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Al-Dabashi, has accused the United Nations Security Council of “encouraging” by its inaction the massacres conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in Sirte. In an interview with the […]

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Arab states call emergency meeting after appeal from Sirte, Libya  to stop ISIL

Libyan militiamen in Sirte.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Arab League has scheduled an emergency meeting for Aug. 18 to discuss a request from Libya’s internationally recognized government to “confront” Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the Libyan city of Sirte. The internationally […]

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ISIL fighting armed residents of Sirte, Libya; Dozens beheaded and crucified

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to WorldTribune.com The council of the militia-held capital Tripoli announced it has launched an offensive to retake the coastal city of Sirte from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Reports said at least 169 were killed in the […]

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Libya hell: Prime minister says he’ll resign as Gadhafi loyalists re-emerge

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani heads Libya's internationally recognized government.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com In the midst of ongoing chaos which has seen Libya fragmented into two competing governments and militias battling for control of the country’s oil wealth, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani has vowed to resign and supporters of former […]

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Islamist camp controlling Tripoli refuses to sign UN-backed Libya deal

Leaders of Libya's Tobruk-based government sign a peace deal in Morocco on July 11.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamists who control Tripoli have refused to join other Libyan political leaders in signing a UN-brokered power-sharing deal. The deal was signed on July 11 in Morocco by the internationally recognized government in Tobruk and representatives of […]

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Rival factions expected to sign UN agreement on Libyan unity government

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, Bernardino Leon holds a press conference on Libya Peace Talks in Skhirat, Morocco on June 29.

Special to WorldTribune.com Libya’s two rival governments are expected to endorse a UN-brokered unity government following a meeting Sunday on neutral territory in Morocco. The North African nation, beset by chaos, instability and violence since Col. Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown […]

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U.S. air strike in Libya said to kill ‘uncatchable’ Islamist militant

Mokhtar Belmokhtar.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com A United States air strike carried out on June 13 inside Libya is said to have killed Islamist militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who had been dubbed “uncatchable” by French forces in North Africa. “I can confirm that the […]

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