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  • What's behind Haftar's refusal to sign Libya deal?

    01/16/2020 8:21:52 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | Issued on: 14/01/2020 - 17:44Modified: 14/01/2020 - 17:43 | AFP
    Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's reluctance to sign up to a Turkish-Russian orchestrated ceasefire accord underlines the complexity of Libya's conflict and pressures exerted by key foreign players, analysts say. He left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a permanent truce aimed at ending nine months of fighting against the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj. His abrupt departure was a setback for an international diplomatic push, after Sarraj had signed up to halting Haftar's offensive to seize Tripoli from the GNA. For Emad Badi of the Washington-based Middle East Institute, there are two plausible explanations for Haftar...
  • Egypt announces international anti-Turkey alliance

    06/01/2020 6:31:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 31, 2020 | George Mikhail
    Egypt has announced an anti-Turkey alliance that includes Greece, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France to confront Turkish moves in Libya and the Mediterranean. The announcement was made during a virtual meeting with the foreign ministers of these countries on May 11. In a joint statement issued shortly after the meeting, the five-party alliance said it will focus on confronting the Turkish moves in the territorial waters in Cyprus, where Turkey has been carrying out “illegal” excavations in the Mediterranean under Cyprus sovereignty. The alliance also condemned Turkey’s escalated violations of Greek airspace.  The European Union condemned May 16...
  • Russian warplanes in Libya could open new phase in Middle East's biggest proxy war

    05/31/2020 11:30:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5-31-20
    The warplanes, a mix of at least 14 MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 fighter-bombers, appear to have taken off from a base in Russia sometime in the middle of May and flown to Hmeimeem, Russia’s airbase on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. There they were repainted, their Russian Federation Air Force markings obscured, before flying more than 1,200 miles and landing in eastern Libya, in territories controlled by Russia’s ally, strongman-in-waiting Khalifa Haftar. The deployment, which the Pentagon revealed last week and Moscow denied, is the latest in a series of escalations that have seen all types of weapons — Turkish and Emirati...
  • Today in History: Islamic Jihad Conquers Ancient Christian Constantinople

    05/30/2020 7:46:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/30/2020 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Today in history, on May 29, 1453, the sword of Islam conquered Constantinople. Of all Islam’s conquests of Christian territory, this was by far the most symbolically significant. For not only was Constantinople a living and direct extension of the old Roman Empire and current capital of the Christian Roman Empire (or Byzantium), but its cyclopean walls had prevented Islam from entering Europe through its eastern doorway for the previous seven centuries, beginning with the First Arab Siege of Constantinople (674-678). Indeed, as Byzantine historian John Julius Norwich puts it, “Had the Saracens captured Constantinople in the seventh century rather...
  • Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency (How Hydroxychloroquine is part of their battle)

    05/30/2020 6:52:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/30/2020 | Orla Guerin, BBC International Correspondent, Istanbul
    Covid-19 came late to Turkey - on 11 March - but soon singed every corner of the country. Within a month all 81 provinces had been affected. It was the one of the fastest growing outbreaks in the world - worse than China or the UK. There were fears that the death toll would soar turning Turkey into another Italy, which was then the hardest hit country. Three months on that hasn't happened, even without a total lockdown. The official death toll is 4,397. Some doctors here dispute that, claiming the real figure could be twice as high because Turkey...
  • Greece Dismisses Reports Turkey Occupied Border Strip

    05/26/2020 5:44:45 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies
    https://www.ibtimes.com ^ | 05/24/20 AT 4:02 AM | By AFP News
    Greece on Sunday dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said allegations, picked up the the British press, that Turkish troops had occupied a patch of land that is normally submerged at this time of year on Greece's side of the border were "utterly false". Dendias acknowledged, in an interview with Skai TV, that "a presence of Turkish forces has been observed in a strip of land where some preparatory works had been made by the...
  • Hundreds more Russian mercenaries flee western Libya: GNA forces

    05/26/2020 4:43:55 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 32 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 5/25/20 | Khalifa Haftar
    Hundreds of Russian military contractors in Libya were evacuated on Monday after retreating from fighting on the capital's front lines, forces backing the unity government said. The claim comes after a series of setbacks for eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar's year-long offensive to seize Tripoli from the UN-supported Government of National Accord (GNA). "An Antonov 32 military cargo plane landed at Bani Walid airport to resume the evacuation of Wagner [Group] mercenaries who had fled southern Tripoli to an as-yet unconfirmed destination," pro-GNA forces wrote on Twitter. Pro-GNA forces said Monday some "1,500 to 1,600 mercenaries" had fled from the...
  • Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya

    05/26/2020 10:50:43 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 17 replies
    U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there. Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army's (LNA) fight against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord. The Russian fighter aircraft arrived in Libya, from an airbase in Russia, after transiting Syria where it is assessed they were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin. "Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its...
  • Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya

    05/26/2020 10:45:58 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    The Russian Federation has sent MIG-29 and Su-35 fighters to Libya, as well as Su-24 bombers, from its Air Force (ICCCC) - US Air Force Command told the US Air Force. The planes were originally transferred from Russia to The Russian Federation has sent MIG-29 and Su-35 fighters to Libya, as well as Su-24 bombers, from its Air Force (ICCCC) - US Air Force Command told the US Air Force. The planes were originally transferred from Russia to Syria, where they were repainted to cover up their belonging to the Russian Air Force. According to US intelligence, planes will be...
  • Libya: Tripoli sustains massive rocket attack; planes ablaze

    05/09/2020 3:17:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    aljazeera ^ | 5-9-2020 | aljazeera
    Shelling of Tripoli's airport hit fuel tanks and damaged passenger planes after forces loyal to Libya's renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar fired dozens of rockets into Tripoli. Six people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attacks, the interior ministry said in a statement, which included as many as 80 rocket strikes.
  • Turkish-backed mercenaries in Libya increase to more than 1,250 after the arrival of more than 250 fighters. 2,000 more prepare to move

    01/14/2020 6:45:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that some 260 fighters including a captain of Turkish-backed factions, went to Libya last night to fight alongside the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord forces, sources confirmed that the fighters are all from the “al-Sham Corps” faction, and mostly from Homs city, also 300 fighters of “al-Sham Corps” are being prepared to be transferred after several days to Libya. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored on the 5th of January 2019 that SOHR sources documented the killing of the first Syrian fighter of those sent by Turkey to Libya, in the ongoing...
  • Russians Fighting in Libya Do Not Represent the State, Putin Says

    01/11/2020 12:48:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | January 2020 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked on Saturday whether mercenaries known as the Wagner Group were fighting in Libya, said that if there are Russians in Libya, they are not representing the Russian state, nor are they paid by the state. Russian private military contractors have clandestinely fought in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, Reuters and other media have previously reported. The contractors are recruited by a private military group known as Wagner Group whose members are mostly ex-service personnel. The Russian state denies it uses mercenaries abroad. During a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...
  • FLASHBACK: In 2011, Pelosi Said Obama “Did Not Need Authorization” To Use Military Force In Libya

    01/10/2020 1:18:44 PM PST · by rhett october · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 9, 2020 | GOP War Room
    Flashback to 2011 when now Speaker of the House Pelosi said Obama “did not need authorization” to use force in Libya. This contrasts with her current criticism of President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.
  • FLASHBACK: In 2011, Pelosi Says Obama “Did Not Need Authorization” To Use Force In Libya

    01/09/2020 2:44:00 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/9/2020 | Staff
    Flashback to 2011 when now Speaker of the House Pelosi said Obama "did not need authorization" to use force in Libya. This contrasts with her current criticism of President Trump's decision to kill Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani. ...
  • Libya conflict: Turkey and Russia call for ceasefire

    01/08/2020 12:02:21 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 6 replies
    bbc ^ | 1/9/2020 | bbc
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have called for a ceasefire to end the conflict in Libya. The two leaders are seen to back rival sides in a conflict being fought in an increasing number of states. After talks in Istanbul, Mr Erdogan and Mr Putin said the ceasefire should come into force at midnight on Sunday.
  • Turkey to back Libya deployment bill but troops unlikely for now

    01/02/2020 11:04:48 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 7 replies
    Reuteurs ^ | 1/2/20 | Reuters
    Turkish lawmakers are set to back a bill on Thursday that allows troop deployment in Tripoli, but that is likely to begin with military support, training and drones in the air rather than boots on the ground.
  • Libya conflict: Turkey troop deployment bill sent to MPs

    12/30/2019 5:47:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | 12/30/2016
    Turkey is allied with Libya's UN-backed government, which is based in the capital, Tripoli. The move, which comes earlier than expected, marks an acceleration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plans. The Libyan government has been fighting an insurgency by forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar based in eastern Libya. The forces of the warlord - who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others, including what is believed to be a force of Russian mercenaries - have been trying to capture the capital city. The Tripoli-based government receives aid from Turkey, Qatar and Italy. The bill will be debated...
  • Don’t Let Russia Dominate Libya A Kremlin-backed strongman in Tripoli would be a disaster for U.S. interests.

    12/03/2019 2:17:58 AM PST · by NorseViking · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | December 2, 2019 | Emily Estelle
    American interests are under attack in Libya, whether we realize it or not. Adversaries and allies alike are attempting to install a dictator. In doing so, they’re undermining U.S. credibility and challenging American leadership of the international order. Hundreds—maybe thousands—of Russian mercenaries joined the battle for Tripoli, Libya’s capital, this fall, fighting alongside aspiring strongman Khalifa Haftar. Russia’s primary interest isn’t Libya, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President Vladimir Putin interpreted
  • Reports: Up to 35 Russian Mercenaries Killed in Libya

    10/07/2019 4:29:09 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Voice of AmericA ^ | October 4, 2019 | Jamie Dettmer
    MOSCOW - As many as 35 Russian mercenaries are reported to have been killed in Libya while they were fighting for Khalifa Haftar, the military general most associated with the rule of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, who launched an offensive earlier this year on the Libyan capital of Tripoli, home to the country’s internationally-recognized government, according to a Russian media. The mercenaries are thought to work for the Wagner Group, a military contractor run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman nicknamed Putin’s Chef because he holds lucrative Kremlin catering contracts. Asked by VOA about the reports of the fatalities in...
  • Erdogan says Turkey ‘won’t allow’ Israel to annex parts of West Bank

    05/26/2020 5:12:53 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 49 replies
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/ ^ | 5/26/2020 | By TOI STAFF
    Turkish president issues threat over new government’s plans to apply sovereignty, calls Jerusalem a ‘red line’ for world’s Muslims Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Israel over its new government’s plan to annex portions of the West Bank. “We are witnessing a new plan of occupation and annexation by Israel that threatens Palestinian sovereignty and is contrary to international law,” Erdogan said in a video address late Sunday for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. “We won’t allow the transfer of Palestinian land to anyone.” “Turkey is the only voice defending the Palestinians today,” Erdogan said in a televised...