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Libyan Gazette Weekly News Digest 05/16: Libyan PM says “ISIS is not our greatest enemy. National division is.”

 

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News Digest
May 16, 2016

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UK Telegraph - PM Fayez al-Sarraj says: ISIS is not our greatest enemy. National division is.(Republished from The Telegraph) Faiez Serraj meets with local mayors in Tripoli (CREDIT: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP) When more than 20 of the world’s foreign ministers gather in Vienna this week for a summit on Libya, they will exhibit the sort of unity that should inspire Libyans to come together to restore peace, justice and national accord to our country. Libya is emerging …

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Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj Says Libya Needs Assistance, Not Intervention(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) In an article written for the UK’s Daily Telegraph on Sunday, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj stated that he did not want foreign intervention, rather requested assistance from the international community in the fight against ISIS. “When it comes to defeating (ISIS), I remind our friends that this will be achieved by Libyan efforts and …

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US Special Forces Aid Libyan Army in Fight Against ISIS(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The Obama administration announced that US Special Operations forces have been stationed at outposts in eastern and western Libya since 2015 after ISIS militants established a stronghold in Sirte in June of last year.   According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon has been working on plans to aid Libyan forces in their offensive against …

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US Ready to Arm Libya to Fight Against ISIS(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The United States has expressed on Friday that it is ready to loosen the arms embargo placed on Libya to help the Government of National Accord (GNA) in their fight against ISIS. “There is a very healthy desire inside of Libya to rid themselves of ISIL, and I think that is something we should be …

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GNA Military Operation Against ISIS Advances Towards Abu Grein(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The Government of National Accord’s (GNA) military operation against ISIS forces in the region between Misrata and Sirte announced on Friday that their troops were advancing towards Abu Grein after a surprise suicide attack at the Sadada checkpoint Wednesday night. The Libyan Army, which has established an information centre on Facebook with updates on its …

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US Sanctions HoR President for Blocking Formation of Unity Government(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The United States Treasury Department sanctioned Aguila Saleh, the President and speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) on Friday for his repeated efforts at obstructing the formation of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Saleh “is responsible for stalling political progress in Libya. Today’s action sends a clear message that the US …

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Unity Government Calls on Russia to Aid in Libya’s Fight Against Terrorism(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with Russian President Vladimir Putin Ahmed Maiteeq, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), called on Russia to help Libya in the fight against terrorism on Monday. “We have historically strong ties, the majority of Libya’s officers have studied in Russia. That’s why we always call for …

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ISIS Militants Kill 4 Libyan Soldiers(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Four Libyan soldiers were killed and over 30 wounded in clashes between ISIS militants and the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) military forces near the city of Misrata. “Two suicide bombers, one in a vehicle and one on a motorbike, blew themselves up at the checkpoint where troops had gathered and clashes then broke out …

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UN-Backed Unity Government Announces Attack on ISIS-Controlled Sirte(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Brigadier General Mohamed al-Gasri, spokesman for a newly formed military operations room in Misrata, during an interview with Reuters on May 10. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has announced that its military forces were preparing to advance on ISIS held Sirte. “We are ready and we are preparing our security arrangements to attack …

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What exactly is the purpose of the HoR Vote of Confidence?(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) ( Abdullah al-Thani-leader of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) In a statement on Saturday, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR)’s government’s Prime Minister  Abdullah al-Thani, stated that he would not hand over power to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) until the HoR gives its vote of confidence. Al-Thani stressed that his government …

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Libya’s Oil Output Grinds to a Halt Due to East’s Hariga Port Blockade(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Libya’s oil output is quickly grinding to a halt due to the standoff between the National Oil Corporation (NOC), the official institution based in Tripoli, and the oil company based in Tobruk at the Marsa al-Hariga port. Production from the Messla and Sarir oil fields, two of Libya’s major oil fields, has dropped to less …

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Presidential Guard Established and Welcomes Any Libyan to Enlist(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Yesterday a statement signed by the GNA Presidency Council in its capacity as the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, announced the establishment of the Presidential Guard. Several responsibilities have been assigned to the Presidential Guard including protecting the headquarters of the presidency council and other public institutions, protecting and guarding its members, protecting delegations …

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Italian FM Announces Strategic Libya Meeting to be Held in Vienna(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Italian FM Paolo Gentiloni and Tunisian FM Khemaies Jhinaoui Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni announced on Monday that regional powers were gearing up to hold talks about supporting Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Vienna on May 16. Western and regional foreign ministers are invited to the meeting which will center on international efforts …

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Libya's Court of Appeals Administrative Chamber in the city of Bayda Rules Constitutional Draft Invalid(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Libya’s Court of Appeals Administrative Chamber in the city of Bayda issued an urgent verdict invalidating the constitution draft, based on a source that has chosen to remain unnamed. The decision was made based on information submitted to the court that the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) changed the quorum for a vote on the constitution, …

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Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly Violates the Libyan Political Agreement(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) (Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly) On April 26, 2016 Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) sent its final constitution draft to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). It has been reported that the CDA did not abide by the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) Article 51 which requires that it take the opinion of the HoR and the …

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PM Fayez Al-Sarraj Says Arms Embargo Must be Lifted(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Sunday Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj called on the international community to assist Libya in its fight against extremist forces by lifting the UN sanctioned arms embargo and unfreezing its assets. Speaking at the Arab league in Cairo, Sarraj stated that, “it doesn’t make sense that the international community supports our war against terrorism, and …

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Egypt’s El-Sisi Shifts His Support To The UN-Backed GNA(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)   Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Cairo on Saturday where he reaffirmed his faith in the UN-backed Government of National Accord’s (GNA) ability to achieve political resolve in Libya. Sisi stated that Egypt supported the GNA’s Presidential Council and called for the United Nations arms embargo on Libya …

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Tunisian PM Meets with PM Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Neighboring countries Libya and Tunisia pledged on Friday to cooperate in the fight against terrorism after Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid met with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli. “We will conquer terrorism but it will take time and cooperation,” Essid said in a joint press conference with Sarraj in Tripoli. Sarraj said during the …

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Rival Militias Declare Separate Operations in Defiance of the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Militiamen from Misrata, Libya’s third largest city, rushed to the Abu Grein and Sadada checkpoints on Friday after two ISIS suicide bombings killed eight and wounded over a hundred local security forces. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Abu Grein, which is located 120 kilometers south of Misrata, and has identified the suicide bomber …

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