CAIRO (Reuters) – An attack by Islamist militants on a Libyan oilfield where they beheaded security guards and kidnapped foreign workers underlines the difficulties facing U.N.-sponsored peace talks due to resume this week.
Libyans have become accustomed to chaos, with their country split between two rival governments each allied to heavily armed groups that have been fighting for control of the oil-producing nation since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
TRIPOLI/CAIRO (Reuters) – Warplanes from Libya’s internationally recognized government on Monday attacked the last functioning airport in Tripoli, the capital controlled by a rival administration, officials said.
Extending a series of tit-for-tat strikes, the attack coincided with the swearing-in of Khalifa Haftar, one of the most divisive figures in post-revolutionary Libya, as army commander for the recognized government.
CAIRO/BAYDA, Libya, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Egypt is forcing
Libyan airliners flying between Turkey and Jordan and the
capital Tripoli to stop in eastern Libya to allow the country’s
internationally recognised government to screen out potential
Islamist fighters, officials said.
The move underscores Egypt’s engagement in Libya to bolster
the weak official government, holed up in the east since it lost
control of the capital, in its fight against Islamist militants
exploiting the chaos that followed the fall of Muammar Gaddafi
BAYDA, Libya (Reuters) – In a hotel lit by a generator in the eastern Libyan town of Bayda, Economy Minister Munir Ali Asr outlines optimistic plans to attract investment to a country ravaged by war and political chaos.
Outside, Bayda lies in darkness after another power cut. Hundreds of residents wait outside petrol stations that have closed as a result of a debilitating power struggle between two rival governments that has wrecked basic services.
TRIPOLI, Feb 17 (Reuters) – On the surface life looks normal
in the Libyan capital. Cafes are bustling with customers sipping
cappuccino, while well-stocked shops sell anything from Italian
underwear to French cheese.
But as in the days of Muammar Gaddafi, many residents prefer
to avoid talking politics in Tripoli, where a self-declared
government has ruled since an armed faction called Libya Dawn
seized the capital by expelling its rivals in August.
BAYDA, Libya, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Libya’s internationally
recognised prime minister called for the West to launch air
strikes to defeat Islamist militants who control Tripoli and
have driven his government out of the capital.
Speaking hours before Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in
Libya in retaliation after militants said they had beheaded 21
Egyptian Christians, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni made a
plea for Western military intervention in a country rapidly
slipping into chaos.
BAYDA, Libya (Reuters) – Officials of Libya’s rival governments have been in touch over the growing threat of Islamic State militants, a top Libyan security official said, suggesting the fight against a common enemy might help to unite the country’s warring factions.
Two separate governments are vying for control of Libya, four years after a NATO-backed civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Libya will exhaust its wheat
reserves in two or three months unless a state fund tasked with
ensuring supplies receives money held up as a result of the
political turmoil gripping the country and a slump in oil
revenues, a top official said.
The North African country is in chaos, with two governments
and parliaments allied to armed factions vying for power four
years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
BEN JAWAD, Libya, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Hidden behind a pile of
sand, a tank points its gun towards Libya’s biggest oil port on
the other side of an invisible frontier that now divides the
north African nation.
Factions fighting for control of Libya and its oil wealth
have moved columns of heavy weapons to this new front line
running through the middle of the country, escalating a conflict
that Western powers fear may lead to a national break-up four
years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Libya’s internationally
recognised government said on Wednesday it had started tapping
into its strategic wheat reserves to ensure bread supplies and
overcome what it called a “flour crisis”.
The government works from the east of the north African
nation having fled the capital Tripoli, where a group called
Libya Dawn has seized control and backs a rival government not
recognised by world powers.