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« Reply #1020 on: November 18, 2013, 08:35:26 PM »
I think that the official Libyan army is just about the weakest militia in the entire country.

They are not a militia per se - just those who took a job paid for by the Americans. Mercenary armies are seldom worth much in military terms.
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US plans to train thousands of Libyan security forces in Bulgaria
« Reply #1021 on: November 19, 2013, 02:59:04 AM »
US plans to train thousands of Libyan security forces in Bulgaria

Published time: November 19, 2013 11:09
source: http://rt.com/news/us-train-libyan-troops-945/


Soldiers demonstrate unarmed combat techniques during a military graduation parade for trainees from the Libyan
Army "Thunderbolt" Special Forces unit, in Benghazi May 16, 2013.(Reuters / Esam Al-Fetori)


The Pentagon plans to train up to 8,000 Libyan soldiers, including special operation forces capable of carrying out counter-terrorism missions, in an effort to bolster security in the unstable oil-rich North African state.

The training, requested by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, would be conducted by the US military’s Africa Command at a base in NATO-member state Bulgaria, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

“We’re in discussions with the Libyans on the exact number, but we’re prepared to provide training for 5,000 to 8,000 personnel,” AFP cited Warren as saying.

“This hasn’t been finalized yet, but that’s the plan we’re working towards,” he said.

Speaking at a defense forum on Saturday, Admiral William McRaven, who heads the US military’s Special Operations Command, estimated the maximum number of troops at 7,000. McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, also said a counter-terrorism component would be one aspect of the training.

“Suffice to say that there is going to be a kind of conventional effort, to train their conventional forces, between 5,000 and 7,000 conventional forces. And we have a complementary effort on the special operations side to train a certain number of their forces to do counter-terrorism,” Reuters reported him as saying.


Libyan soldiers with an anti-aircraft machine gun mounted on a vehicle deploy in a Tripoli's neighborhood after
militias were ordered to leave the capital following weekend clashes on November 18, 2013.(AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)


The training is part of a larger US and international effort to help Libya’s failing government maintain security following the NATO-backed 2011 ouster of longtime strongman Mumar Gaddafi.

Two years on, rival militias and hardline Islamists are refusing to lay down their arms in a country that is only nominally under government control. Even the capital, Tripoli, has seen rival militias battle it out on the streets of the capital with anti-aircraft guns and grenades in recent days.


Army personnel man a checkpoint at one of the entrances to Tripoli, November 18, 2013.(Reuters / Ismail Zitouny)

On Monday, army troops moved into Tripoli, ordered the militias to leave the city, set up checkpoints and patrolled the streets to maintain order. Security experts fear, however, that any attempt to seriously reign in the militias could set off a much broader conflagration between pro and anti-government groups.

Admiral Raven was forthcoming about the potential dangers of providing US assistance to Libya in these volatile times.

“There is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean record,” said Raven, a four-star admiral. “At the end of the day, it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems.”

RW - ...unstable oil-rich North African state... ...Libya’s failing government... a government that was just fine under Qaddafi before "NATO" bombed the crap out of the infrastructure, stole the gold and setup a puppet government and central bank. Well, a training camp in Bulgaria built on the American dime (a project Hagel would deem life threatening if not undertaken) will provide a new home to the 'militants' being trounced and bounced by Syria who might not find themselves very welcome in Libya, Jordan, Turkey and the many other nations they came from to murder and destroy Syrians. We could view it as a humanitarian gesture of sorts. Teach them how to engage in unarmed warfare in which the victims alone are unarmed and in painless ways of beheading the innocents and bombing mosques and churches.
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Thousands Protest in Tripoli against Presence of Militia
« Reply #1022 on: November 24, 2013, 08:43:34 AM »
Thousands Protest in Tripoli against Presence of Militia

Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:32
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920902000515



TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the Libyan capital of Tripoli to protest against the presence of militias in the city, a week after militiamen killed 47 protesters.

The protesters marched across several areas in Tripoli carrying photos of those killed last week, before gathering in al-Quds square, Voice of Russia reported Friday.

Militiamen last week opened fire at protesters who had marched to militia bases to demand that they leave Tripoli and allow police and the army to take over security in the capital.

On Friday, the head of Tripoli's local council, Sadat al-Badri, called on the crowd to continue their protests until all militiamen leave the capital.

"Every citizen has the right to live in peace and security," al-Badri said, as he called on Tripoli residents to "work together to build a state of institutions and law" in Libya.

A militia group from the Western city of Zintan has already handed over its positions in Tripoli to the national army on Thursday.

Libya's post-revolution rulers have been struggling to assert authority and re-establish security amid a proliferation of weapons and militias since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.

After the 2011 conflict ended, groups of militias, some of them affiliated with the government in the fight against Gaddafi, set up bases across Libya. Their presence have repeatedly led to deadly clashes with tribal fighters.
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9 Dead, 49 Wounded as Militia, Gov't Forces Clash in Libya’s Benghazi
« Reply #1023 on: November 25, 2013, 05:25:34 AM »
9 Dead, 49 Wounded as Militia, Gov't Forces Clash in Libya’s Benghazi

Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:37
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920904001126

TEHRAN (FNA)- Clashes between the Libyan army and Sunni extremist militia have killed up to nine people and injured 49 in Benghazi, said the Libyan Interior Ministry.

A state of alert has been declared in the city and people have been advised to stay in their homes, RT reported.

Violence erupted early on Monday in Benghazi when the Libyan army attempted to pursue a suspect into a neighborhood where militant group Ansar al-Sharia is known to operate. The group in question was blamed for the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi last September that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens.

"A violent clash has been taking place for several hours between our forces and an Ansar al-Sharia cell," Colonel Milud al-Zwei, spokesman for Libya's special forces, told AFP.

Libya is still struggling to control militia groups that participated in the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011.
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Fresh clashes in Benghazi as Libyan army struggles to keep militants out
« Reply #1024 on: November 27, 2013, 04:59:05 PM »
Fresh clashes in Benghazi as Libyan army struggles to keep militants out

Published time: November 27, 2013 18:56
Edited time: November 27, 2013 19:37
source: http://rt.com/news/libya-benghazi-militants-clashes-381/


A member of the Libyan army guards the streets following yesterday's clashes in Benghazi November 26, 2013
(Reuters / Esam Omran Al-Fetori)


Libya’s army clashed with Islamist militants in Benghazi on Wednesday, amidst reports of grenade detonations. The Libyan government is struggling to retain control of the area after fierce clashes on Monday.


New gun battles resounded across three parts of the port city on Wednesday morning. Members of the Ansar al-Sharia militant group hurled the grenades at security forces, initiating the attacks, according to a security official who spoke to AFP. However, he later retracted the statement saying it was unclear who instigated the assault. At least one person was reportedly injured.

The army rushed reinforcements into the city according to residents and calm was later restored.

Three soldiers were killed in separate 'assassinations' in Benghazi, also on Wednesday, according to city officials who spoke to Reuters.

Libyan men stand outside a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents on November 25, 2013 in Benghazi. (AFP Photo / Abdullah Doma)

Libyan men stand outside a building used by Ansar al-Sharia militia after it was torched by residents on November 25, 2013 in Benghazi. (AFP Photo / Abdullah Doma)

The clashes follow intense fighting which broke out between the army special forces and members of Ansar al-Sharia in the city on Monday, killing at least nine.

“It’s a message to Libya’s government. We want authorities to solve the problems that are making the people suffer,” one male resident told RT shortly after the Monday attack.

“We want everyone who’s illegally carrying weapons to disarm. We want an end to the bloodshed,” a further elderly female resident stated.  “The people are rallying for security in Libya, for the army and police to play the roles they’re supposed to,” added a uniformed man.

Libya descended into chaos after the death of Gaddafi two years ago, and the country remains in political turmoil. The country’s administrative and security structures remain incredibly fragile. The most recent escalation happened on November 15 when 46 people were killed in the Libyan capital, after members of a militia group opened fire on peaceful protesters.

People assist a man who was injured after Libyan militiamen opened fire on a crowd wanting them to move out of their headquarters on November 15, 2013 in southern Tripoli. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

People assist a man who was injured after Libyan militiamen opened fire on a crowd wanting them to move out of their headquarters on November 15, 2013 in southern Tripoli. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

Only last month, the country’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped from his own residence by militia.
Western powers have been promising more aid to the army in the face of the growing anarchy. The fighters who helped to oust Gaddafi two years ago have since been challenging Libya’s government.

“It’s a very weak government if it is at all a government – they can’t seem to get them to disarm at all. The militias are keeping their weapons and they’re defying the government,” Moeen Raoof, Defense Consultant, told RT.

The deputy chief of intelligence was also kidnapped within the last two weeks. “They can do as they want,” Raoof said. “You’d have thought that intelligence at least would have some information about this before it happened.”

A separatist Libyan region announced the establishment of an independent oil company earlier this month after taking over several commercial sea ports. Protesters shut off the country’s only natural gas export line to Italy on November 11. Oil exports are currently working at a fraction of their capacity because of such seizures.

In addition, oil workers, civil servants and private sector staff participated in a strike in Benghazi on Tuesday.

“The armed gangs are wanting to control the assets of oil production so that they can finance their activities. They will not succeed and they will have also to repair the damage to the oil industry in Libya. Furthermore the major importers like Italy, France and Germany will not deal with them. They would rather buy oil from somewhere else than deal with the militias,” Mamdouh G. Salameh, an oil consultant to the World Bank told RT.
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Dozens Killed in Depot Blast in Libya
« Reply #1025 on: November 29, 2013, 05:48:58 AM »
Dozens Killed in Depot Blast in Libya

Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:22
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920908000084



TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 40 people were killed in an explosion at an army depot in Southern Libya after locals had tried to steal ammunition.

The incidents highlighted the turmoil in Libya where the government is trying to restore order in the oil producing country, which is awash with weapons after the 2011 ouster of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The blast in Brak al-Chati, near the main Southern city of Sabha, happened on Thursday after a group of 43 locals and Africans were entering the army depot to steal ammunition, a security official said, Al-Alam reported.

The casualties could rise further as the depot was still on fire and people might be trapped inside, the official added.

Libya's nascent military is struggling to secure army bases and curb extremist militants, militias and gangs who fought in the uprising against Gaddafi but refuse to disarm and control parts of the country.
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Car Bomb Kills Six, Wounds up to 15 in Libya
« Reply #1026 on: December 22, 2013, 11:10:57 AM »
Car Bomb Kills Six, Wounds up to 15 in Libya

Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:31
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921001000262



TEHRAN (FNA)- A car bomb exploded at an army base outside Benghazi in Eastern Libya, killing at least six people and wounding up to 15 on Sunday, medical sources said.

The attacker blew himself up in a car in front of the base in Barsis, some 50 km outside Benghazi, a security source said, Voice of Russia reported.

All those killed were soldiers, medical sources said, but the security source said the attacker was among those killed.

The security situation has sharply deteriorated in Libya's second-largest city in the past few months where car bombs and assassinations of army and police officers happen regularly.

Most countries closed their consulates in Benghazi after a series of attacks and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there.
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« Reply #1027 on: December 22, 2013, 11:57:16 AM »
Protesters Force Libya Internet Shutdown

Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:15
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921001000856



TEHRAN (FNA)- Protesters armed with knives and sticks stormed the building of Libya's largest internet provider in the capital, Tripoli.

Some 150 people forced employees of the state-owned internet provider, the Libyan Telecoms and Technology company (LTT), to switch off its service for much of Saturday, BBC reported.

It is unclear who the demonstrators are and who is leading them.

Insecurity has been a major concern in post-revolutionary Libya.

Much of the South and West of the country was taken offline by the disruption. LTT was later able to restore service using a backup system.

A spokesman for LTT said that the protestors wanted to halt their services and were demanding that the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan step down from power.

He added that the protesters did not want to negotiate, adding that they had beaten up three employees from the telecommunications ministry who tried to negotiate with them.

The protesters were still occupying the building on Saturday evening after service had been restored, the spokesman said.

In the past year, Libya has experienced several blockades of various public services by militias driven by demands for political or financial gain, and in some cases minority rights, the BBC's Rana Jawad reports from Tripoli.

Many of Libya's oil terminals in the East have been blocked since July.

The latest incident highlights the still fragile and often unpredictable security challenges facing the country, the correspondent adds.
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New Wave of Attacks in Benghazi Leave Libyan Police Officer Dead
« Reply #1028 on: December 26, 2013, 10:33:35 AM »
New Wave of Attacks in Benghazi Leave Libyan Police Officer Dead

Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:44
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921005000488



TEHRAN (FNA)- Fresh attacks in Libya’s second largest city Benghazi killed a police officer and wounded another, a security official said.

The assault is the most recent in a series of attacks occurring in the Eastern city, as violence continues to mount, Al Bawaba reported.

"Unknown shooters gunned down a police officer and seriously wounded another during two separate attacks Wednesday evening in Benghazi," said Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim al-Charaa, spokesman for the city's security forces.

"The murderers... fled the scene after firing off a hail of bullets," he said.

The victim died of his wounds upon arriving to the hospital, the official added.

In the other attack, the official said gunmen fired on a police officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, leaving him in critical condition.

Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Moammar Gaddafi, has been caught in spiraling violence since his fall.

Militants in the city have targeted judges, members of the security forces, local government officials and journalists in recent months.
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Libya Briefly Holds Four US Military Personnel
« Reply #1029 on: December 28, 2013, 10:12:26 AM »
Libya Briefly Holds Four US Military Personnel

Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:48
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921007000692



TEHRAN (FNA)- Four US military personnel were freed after a brief detention by the Libyan government, the US State Department said Saturday.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who hours earlier announced that the Americans had been detained, did not say why they were held. "All four US military personnel being held in Libyan government custody have been released," Psaki said in a brief statement just after midnight Friday, AFP reported.

"We are still trying to ascertain the facts of the incident".

According to Psaki, the four "were operating in an area near Sabratha as part of security preparedness efforts when they were taken into custody".

"We value our relationship with the new Libya," Psaki said. "We have a strategic partnership based on shared interests and our strong support for Libya's historic democratic transition".

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the four were released just two hours after the US State Department announced their detention.

The military staff were attached to the security team at the US embassy in Tripoli and may have been scouting escape routes for possible future use by diplomats, The New York Times reported, citing unnamed US officials. The personnel were detained at a checkpoint and moved to the interior ministry, according to the Times.
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2 foreign teachers found dead in Libya
« Reply #1030 on: January 02, 2014, 08:55:36 PM »
2 foreign teachers found dead in Libya amid leadership’s plans to reopen major oilfield

Published time: January 03, 2014 01:23
source: http://rt.com/news/teachers-dead-libya-oil-105/


A view of the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex, 100 km (60 miles) west of Tripoli (Reuters / Ismail Zetouni)

Two foreign teachers have been found dead in Libya, as the country struggles to maintain security and revive its economy after rebels agree to end a two-month blockade of a key oil export terminal.

The bodies of the two teachers working in Libya, a British man and a New Zealand woman, were discovered with lethal gunshot wounds outside the western city of Sabratha.

“Their bodies were found near the coastal area of Mellitah,” near an oil and gas complex in western Libya, an anonymous security official told Reuters. No additional details on the identity of the two were given.

The motive for the crime is under investigation as their luggage and belongings were not stolen by their killer.
UK Foreign Office official told AP that they were aware of reports of the deaths and were “urgently seeking further information from the authorities."

"We are working with the relevant authorities to confirm this," a New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told Reuters. "The bodies have not yet been formally identified and the next of kin have not yet been informed."'

The latest deaths come less than a month after an American teacher was shot to death in Benghazi.


Members of the Tripoli Rebels Brigade militia patrol a main road in Tajura, 15 kms from the capital Tripoli (AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia)

Since 2011 and the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, the central authorities are still struggling to tame a number of unruly militias, including Islamic hardliners.

Arrests of Americans

Meanwhile two American basketball players have been detained by the Libyan army in Benghazi, sources told Reuters. Both were allegedly arrested at Benghazi University.

''They were arrested by university guards and then brought by special forces to the army barracks,'' an army source said, without providing any further explanation.

Last Friday, four American military personnel were released after several hours in custody. The service members were reportedly in Libya augmenting security at the US Embassy in Tripoli. The four are believed to have been reviewing potential evacuation routes for diplomats at the time of detainment.

Oil export revival – a failed attempt?

Libya’s central government hopes that it will resume oil production and export at one the country’s largest oilfields, El Sharara.

The leadership expected it to happen within three days after local militia, seeking greater autonomy in the region, agreed to suspend their two-month sabotage. “They agreed to lift the blockade,” defense ministry spokesman said.

The Tuareg tribesmen, who have held the some 350,000 barrels per day field hostage since October, demanded the creation of a local council and granting national identity cards for tribesmen.

Libya’s main source of income, its oil sector, has been crippled following the power vacuum created after the civil war. Armed tribesmen seized key ports and oilfields across the country, cutting output to around 220,000 barrel per day (bpd) from 1.4 million bpd in July.
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« Reply #1031 on: January 02, 2014, 10:13:18 PM »
It is certainly risky for foreign workers in Libya - and even worse for locals.

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Libya's Deputy Industry Minister Shot Dead
« Reply #1032 on: January 12, 2014, 07:39:56 AM »
Libya's Deputy Industry Minister Shot Dead

Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:25
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921022000412



TEHRAN (FNA)- Libya's Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui was shot dead during a visit to his hometown of Sirte, East of Tripoli, security and hospital sources said.

The identity of the shooters was not immediately known, but the official's death was the first assassination of a member of the transitional government since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's government in October 2011, Al Jazeera reported.

Droui was killed near Mekmdas market in central Sirte after evening prayers on Sunday, media coordinator for the Tripoli Security Directorate, Essam Naas, confirmed to local newspaper, Libya Herald.

"Hassan al-Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte," a security official told AFP news agency.

"Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on Mr Droui in central Sirte," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

An official at the city's Ibn Sina hospital confirmed the deputy minister's death and added that he had suffered bullet wounds to several parts of his body.

Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council, the political arm of the rebellion that brought an end to Gaddafi's 42-year rule.

He was appointed deputy minister for industry by the transitional government's first prime minister, Abdelrahim al-Kib, and kept his job when Ali Zeidan took over.

Droui's hometown, which lies on the Mediterranean coast about 400 kilometers East of the capital Tripoli, was the last government bastion to fall into rebel hands in 2011.

Tribal violence


Since the collapse of Gaddafi's autocratic government, Libya has been plagued by sporadic violence, including a string of assassinations targeting top army and security officials.

Fighting between rival tribes in Southern Libya killed 19 people on Saturday and wounded another 20, a local official said.

"Violent confrontations broke out between Toubous and Awled Sleiman early this morning," Ayoub al-Zarrouk, chief of the local council in Sebha told AFP.

"So far there are 19 dead and 20 wounded. "

Local sources said the clashes were sparked by the death on Thursday of a militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman, adding that the tribe accused the Toubous of murdering him.

Saturday's fighting is the worst between the tribes since they struck a ceasefire agreement in March 2012 following deadly battles that killed at least 150 people and wounded 400 others.

The Toubous are black oasis farmers by tradition who also live in Southern Libya, Northern Chad and Niger.

They have complained in the past of attempted ethnic cleansing against their community by Arab tribesmen.
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24 Killed in Clashes between Libyan Police, Gaddafi Loyalists
« Reply #1033 on: January 20, 2014, 10:50:33 AM »
24 Killed in Clashes between Libyan Police, Gaddafi Loyalists

Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:20
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921030000467



TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 24 people were killed late Sunday in clashes between Libyan security forces and loyalists of the country's late strongman Muammar Gaddafi, a security source said.

A police force headed to Warash al-Thana area, Southwest of Tripoli, to arrest individuals who had raised posters of the slain leader, the source told Anadolu Agency.

Clashes erupted between the security forces and pro-Gaddafi militants, leaving four troops and 20 militants dead, he added.

The ensuing gunfight also left 15 people injured.

Libyan authorities are yet to comment on the reported clashes.

The violence came one day after the army said it had recaptured Tamahid, the largest air force base in Southern Libya.

On Saturday, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said militants loyal to Gaddafi had captured the Tamahid air force base in the Southwestern city of Sabha, the scene of deadly clashes between tribesmen and military forces over the past two weeks.

Libyans have struggled to restore order to their country since Gaddafi's death in late 2011.

The transitional government and its security forces, meanwhile, have struggled to contain the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.
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Government: Four Egyptian Embassy Staff Kidnapped in Libya
« Reply #1034 on: January 25, 2014, 10:12:56 AM »
Government: Four Egyptian Embassy Staff Kidnapped in Libya

Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:45
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921105000818



TEHRAN (FNA)- Four Egyptian Embassy staff have been kidnapped in the Libyan capital Tripoli, including a cultural attache, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, after an Egyptian administrative attache was abducted on Friday by unknown gunmen.

No further details about the latest kidnappings were immediately available, Reuters reported.
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Egyptian Diplomats Leave Libya
« Reply #1035 on: January 26, 2014, 04:07:18 PM »
Egyptian Diplomats Leave Libya

Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:17
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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Egyptian ambassador to Libya, and up to 50 diplomats and staff, have been evacuated from Tripoli for security reasons, after five of their colleagues were kidnapped.

Libyan authorities believe the abduction of diplomats is linked to the arrest of the prominent Libyan rebel commander, Shaaban Hadeia in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria and are in close contact with Cairo, seeking the early release of the warlord who fought against the troops of Libya’s strongman, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011, RT reported.
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