Sarraj assesses damage after Tripoli bombing early Wednesday

Sarraj assesses damage after Tripoli bombing early Wednesday

Attacks on residential neighborhoods in Tripoli continued overnight into Wednesday with new fatalities reported in Abu Salim, as the death toll continued to rise since the advance of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Khalifa Haftar on April 4. President Fayez Al-Sarraj, leader of the internationally recognized Government of…

Fighting intensifies in Libya as LNA refuses to halt advances

Fighting intensifies in Libya as LNA refuses to halt advances

There is still time to avoid “a dramatic, bloody battle for Tripoli,” the United Nations Secretary General said late Wednesday, but there’s little optimism that will be the case amid intensifying clashes. Abdel Salam al-Hassi, the commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) forces led by Khalifa Haftar, told Asharq Al-Awsat on…

Haftar orders LNA forces to move into Tripoli

It’s been five days since Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, vowed that the chaotic nation’s political crisis would come to an end in the next two weeks – comments he made to Al Arabiya news, with the promise of a national unity government. On Thursday, Haftar gave…

After success against ISIS, can Haftar stabilize Libya?

General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) has recaptured Derna, the last bastion of Islamist forces in the country’s east. The victory is not only an important strategic breakthrough in Haftar’s four-year-long campaign to rid Libya of extremist militias, but also carries important symbolic value: Derna, after all, was the…

Michael Wilcox

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Libyan official says Haftar headed home to Benghazi

Libya’s Khalifa Haftar is expected to return Thursday to Benghazi, where he will address the nation following weeks of speculation about his health and the future of his Libyan National Army (LNA). Libyan media outlets, citing spokesman and military leader Saqr al-Jaroushi, said Haftar will travel home from Cairo for…

France’s Le Drian says Haftar health status is improved

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that the condition of Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the nation’s east, has improved. That’s according to Radio France International, citing remarks Le Drian made to the Foreign Affairs Committee of France’s National Assembly while confirming that…

UNSMIL raises alarm over executions following Libya mosque attack

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern Wednesday after images appeared to show summary executions at the site of an earlier bombing attack in Benghazi that has claimed 35 lives. “UNSMIL is alarmed by reports of brutal and outrageous summary executions in Benghazi today,” the mission, led…