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Sep 28, 2014

Frenchman’s murder puts Algeria back on the shifting map of jihad

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When a little-known group of Algerian militants beheaded a French tourist last week, they were not only lashing out at the West, but also staking an unmistakable claim in the shifting ground of jihadist power politics.

Herve Gourdel’s murder by the Caliphate Soldiers, ostensibly to punish France for Western military strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq, was testament to the pull now exerted by the al Qaeda-offshoot in the battle for the loyalties of jihadists.

Sep 25, 2014

Algerian militants behead kidnapped French tourist

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants beheaded French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

In a video released by his captors on Wednesday, Gourdel, a 55-year-old from Nice, is seen kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s intervention.

Sep 24, 2014

Algerian militants issue video apparently showing killing of kidnapped Frenchman

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The video shows Gourdel, a 55-year-old tourist from Nice, kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s military intervention.

Sep 24, 2014

Algerian militants issue video showing killing of kidnapped Frenchman

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The video shows Gourdel, a 55-year-old tourist from Nice, kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s military intervention.

Aug 15, 2014

U.N. envoy plans Libya trip soon to negotiate ceasefire

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – - The new U.N. special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceasefire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield, his office said.

Bernardino Leon aims to end fighting between brigades from Misrata and fighters allied to the western town of Zintan, whose rivalries erupted a month ago into the worst clashes since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 14, 2014

Libya sees Es Sider oil export restart in ‘a few days’

By Patrick Markey

(Reuters) – Libya is set to resume oil exports from its largest port, Es Sider, in “a few days” after being closed for almost a year by protests, a National Oil Corporation (NOC) official said on Thursday.

Shipping from Es Sider would be a huge boost for OPEC producer Libya, where the government is facing clashes in Tripoli between two rival armed factions in the worst fighting since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 8, 2014

U.N. seeks Libya ceasefire talks; protesters oppose Congress

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A U.N. delegation held talks in Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a ceasefire between armed factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into battlegrounds.

The violence has sharpened Libya’s political divisions, and on Friday several thousand people marched in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, to protest against the newly elected parliament that Western countries hope will facilitate reconciliation.

Aug 8, 2014

U.N. delegation holds talks in Tripoli over militia ceasefire

TRIPOLI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A U.N. delegation held talks in
Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a ceasefire between armed
factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into
battlegrounds in the worst fighting since the fall of Muammar
Gaddafi.

Most Western governments followed the United States and the
United Nations in evacuating diplomats and shutting embassies
after three weeks of militia fighting over Tripoli airport that
have killed more than 200 people.

Aug 5, 2014

Libya’s new parliament calls for unity as rival militias clash

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Hours before parliament met in the eastern city of Tobruk, heavy artillery and rocket fire bombarded southern and western Tripoli, where Islamist-leaning Misrata brigades have fought for three weeks with rival militias allied with the town of Zintan.

Aug 4, 2014

Libya’s new parliament calls for unity, militia factions battle on

TRIPOLI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Libya’s newly elected parliament
called for national unity at its first formal session on Monday,
as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country
struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of
Muammar Gaddafi.

Even as the new House of Representatives met, heavy
artillery and rocket fire hit parts of southern and western
Tripoli, where Islamist-leaning Misrata brigades are fighting to
oust rival Zintani militias from the international airport.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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