Contents tagged with Libya

  • Haftar fires Russian missiles at Libyan capital

    Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has bombarded the Tripoli airport using a Russian “Grad” multiple rocket launcher, said Muhammed Kununu, spokesperson for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Anadolu reports.

    Kununu said that six projectiles had exploded at the only active airport, which created a direct threat to the Libyan capital’s airspace.

    On January 19, a peace conference on Libya was held in Berlin. The countries represented urged the LNA and GNA to …

  • Erdogan to Putin: Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit on Libya in Berlin. The Turkish leader stated that the commander of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is pursuing an aggressive policy that must be stopped, reports TASS.

    "Haftar did not sign the agreement at the meeting in Moscow, which shows us that he is not a supporter of the peace process, but seeks a military solution to the conflict," Erdogan said.

    According to Erdogan, in …

  • Russia speaks of progress in Libya talks despite lack of signed agreement

    Russia says that progress has been made in the indirect peace negotiations intended to bring an end to the conflict in Libya, even though no indefinite ceasefire agreement has been signed.

    “Today we can report that certain progress has been made,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a press conference on Monday. Lavrov described the eight hours of parallel negotiations as “serious”. The talks were mediated by Lavrov himself, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu and Russian …

  • Libyan government: Russian mercenaries withdrew from the front line in Libya

    Most of the Russian mercenaries from the private military company Wagner left the front line in Libya after Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan called for a ceasefire in Libya, reports the news agency Anadolu, citing Nasser Ammar, a representative Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who is supported by the UN.

    According to him, the mercenaries, who allegedly fight on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, went by helicopter to the Al-Kufra military base in the south of the …

  • Libyan National Army rejects Russian-Turkish ceasefire initiative

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of Khalifa Haftar intends to continue fighting for Tripoli, despite the ceasefire initiative put forward by Russia and Turkey, Haftar’s command said in a statement.

    According to the statement, the army welcomes the peace initiative, but the fighting will continue.

    Previously it was reported that Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called for a ceasefire in Libya starting on midnight January 12, 2020. The …

  • Arab media: Russian mercenaries transferred from Syria to Libya

    Russian mercenaries have been transferred from Syria to Libya in order to provide combat support for General Khalifa Haftar, writes the London-based Arab news outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

    According to the newspaper, over the last three days two Russian Air Force airplanes have flown from Syria to the Benghazi Airport in Libya, bringing mercenaries. The Russian security contractors are operating under the companies Moran and Schit, and their deployment was coordinated with the UAE and Egypt, the …

  • Turkey to send eight thousand Syrian opposition fighters to Libya

    Turkey will send eight thousand soldiers from the Syrian opposition to Libya to support the forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord. The first group of 120 people has already been deployed to the Libyan territory, reports Al-Hadath TV channel, citing its sources.

    Conscription centers have been established in Northern Syria, in the cities of Afrin, Al-Rai, and Akhtarin, as well as in the Syrian territories controlled by Turkey. It is noted that the Sultan Murad Division, which …

  • Libya asks Turkey for help in fight against 'Russian mercenaries'

    Libyan Interior Minister of Government of National Accord Fathi Bashagha said that Libya would need military support from Turkey if the military conflict escalates further.

    According to him, without the Ankara’s help, it would be hard for Libya to repel the mercenaries of General Khalifa Haftar, after Haftar’s army opened  their air bases for third countries. Bashagha said that Haftar gave one of the military bases to the United Arab Emirates. He also claims that the soldiers of the Russian …

  • Erdogan criticizes presence of Russian mercenaries in Libya

    During a press conference with Tunisian President Kais Saied, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed dissatisfaction with the presence of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner private military company in the territory of Libya, reports Anadolu news agency. Erdoğan also said that the Turkish army might be sent to Libya.

    It is noted that the leaders of the countries discussed the situation in Libya, where a civil war has been going on for years, and several parallel governments are …

  • US accuses Russian mercenaries of escalating tensions in Libya

    The US State Department expressed concern about the activities of the Russian private military contractor, the Wagner Group, in Libya, reports Anadolu news agency.

    According to the US State Department, Russian-linked mercenaries only intensify the escalation in the region, supporting the troops of General Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to capture the capital Tripoli.

    It is noted that the number of civilian casualties in Libya is increasing. Civilian objects, including hospitals and airports, …