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Libya takes back two rebel-held ports, eyes two more


Special to CAIRO — Libya’s military has taken over two rebel-held oil export terminals. The Libyan Army said troops were deployed at the ports of Hariga and Zueitina ports along the Mediterranean Sea. On April 10, officials said the military was helping return the Hariga crude export terminal to normal operations. “It has lifted [...]

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U.S. calls on Muslim allies Turkey and Morocco to train Libya’s ‘weak’ military

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said the Obama administration has reached out to Muslim allies within and outside NATO to help rebuild Libya’s military. The officials cited Morocco and Turkey, the latter which recently completed a training course for Libyan soldiers. “The Libyan institutions across the board are very, very weak after the [...]

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Libya reachs deal with rebels on re-opening oil terminals

Hariga oil terminal

Special to CAIRO — Libya has again reported a crude oil deal with rebels. Officials said the Tripoli government reached agreement to open rebel-held oil export terminals. The officials said the accord would renew operations at the ports of Hariga and Zueitina, which until 2013 processed 200,000 barrels per day. “It was announced on [...]

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Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Union. In their view, America was to blame for [...]

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Militias flush with cash as Libya becomes arms smuggling hub

"Libya is now governed by armed militias with weapons and money."

Special to CAIRO — Libya has become a venue for arms smuggling. Libyan sources said weapons were being flown to airports controlled by in locations throughout the country. The weapons were being recorded as commercial equipment, including air conditioners. “Libya is now governed by armed militias with weapons and money,” Libyan political activist Mohammed [...]

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Libyan Army prepares for war with militias over control of oil ports

Libya warned customers against buying any crude offered by a pro-autonomy group which seized three oil ports in the east of the country.  /Reuters/File

Special to CAIRO — The Libyan Army faces an imminent war with rebel militias. Powerful rebel militias have attacked a Libyan Army base in an attempt to foil a planned offensive by the Tripoli government. The rebels used anti-aircraft artillery and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault on the Army base in Ajdabiya. “The military [...]

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U.S. Navy SEALs seize N. Korean tanker, redirect it back to Libya

Morning Glory oil tanker.  /

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has intercepted a North Korean tanker loaded with oil from Libya. The Defense Department said the U.S. Navy stopped and boarded the North Korean ship, called Morning Glory, on March 17. The Pentagon said the interception, approved by President Barack Obama, was conducted at the request of [...]

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Libya fires prime minister after N. Korean oil tanker escapes blockade

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Libya sacked its prime minister on March 11 after a North Korean tanker laden with crude oil supplied by militia rebels temporarily slipped through a blockade. The Libyan Navy later fired on the vessel and, with assistance from Italian ships, was able to secure the North Korean tanker. Prior to [...]

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Rebel militias export Libya’s oil; Tripoli threatens to seize N. Korean tanker

A North Korean-flagged tanker is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 8.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Libya’s rebel militias have begun to export crude oil. Militias facilitated the arrival of a North Korean tanker at the Libyan oil port of Es Sider, government officials in Tripoli confirmed. The tanker arrived on March 8 despite Libyan Navy warnings to stay away from rebel-held oil terminals as militias [...]

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U.S. intelligence sees Libya out of control for another 1-to-2 years

Armed militias are said to control much of Libya, including the oil industry.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States does not envision a significant improvement in Libya’s security. The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that NATO efforts over the next year would not end militia domination over much of Libya. The assessment said Libya’s military and security forces would require years of force development until they [...]

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