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Libyan Gazette Weekly News Digest 06/27: “US Pentagon Prepared to Launch Attack on ISIS in Libya”

 

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News Digest
June 27, 2016

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LG Special – Who’s Who? Libya’s Main Players

Who’s Who? Libya’s Main Players - General Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) General Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army General Khalifa Haftar has been part of the Libyan political arena for more than four decades and continues to be a polarizing figure in Libya. The self-declared leader of the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) supporters consider him to be Libya’s “saviour,” while his critics on the other …

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War on ISIS:

Air Raids and Ground Attacks: GNA Loyal Forces not Holding Back in Fight Against ISIS(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) GNA armed forces used air raids to strengthen their attacks on the ground against ISIS in Sirte on Friday. GNA Spokesman Reda Issa announced, “Our air force today launched an intense series of airstrikes that targeted various (ISIS) positions in Sirte.” “Military engineering teams are working to clear mines and bombs planted by (ISIS) to …

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More Gains and Losses for GNA forces in Conflict Against ISIS in Sirte(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The fight against the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Sirte has been ongoing as the number of casualties continues to rise. ISIS has taken over a hotel on the city’s coast to position its snipers at the top of buildings. In Wednesday’s fierce battle, Government of National Accord (GNA) forces …

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US Pentagon Prepared to Launch Attack on ISIS in Libya(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Tuesday, a spokesperson from the Unites States Pentagon announced that the United States is prepared to attack the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) forces that are based in Sirte, Libya with an airstrike raid. Peter Cook, the spokesperson for the Pentagon, informed CNN that “we don’t make a decision to carry out …

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Battle Between GNA and ISIS Intensifies(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Albinyan Almarsous (Operation Strong Foundation) forces made their biggest advance into Sirte on Tuesday, which resulted in the death of 36 soldiers and wounded about 150 as intense battles between Libyan forces and ISIS continue. After a month of battling ISIS in Sirte, fighters loyal to the GNA reported that they witnessed the greatest number …

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Libya’s GNA Backed Forces Prepare for Final Battle Against ISIS (Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) announced that Albinyan Almarsous (Operation Strong Foundation) forces continued to make progress against ISIS militants in Sirte after fierce battles against the extremist group on Tuesday resulting in the deaths of 18 Libyan soldiers. “Our force continued encircling Daesh criminals inside Sirte, who have been desperately seeking to …

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Grand Mufti of Libya Urges Libyans to Fight Against Haftar’s Forces Only in Benghazi(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq al-Ghariani during an appearance on his Tanasah Television channel on Sunday   In a statement made on his Tanasah Television channel on Sunday, Libya’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani discredited recent allegations and criticism that he had called on Libyan soldiers last week to attack people in Benghazi. Clarifying the remarks …

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Politics:

Power Outages and Water Shortages Causing Outrage Across Libya(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Since last week, Libyans have been growing impatient with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) as the power grid across the country has suffered significant disruptions causing longer blackouts and water shortages across Libya during the holy month of Ramadan. In the capital Tripoli, where power outages have lasted for up to 18 hours …

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Human Rights

Germany Commits 1 Million Euro to UNICEF’s Immunization Program in Libya(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Monday, Germany’s embassy to Libya announced that it has committed to support the United Nation’s Children’s Emergency Fund’s (UNICEF) efforts to vaccinate children in Libya. Germany supported UNICEF vaccination project in Libya with a donation of one million euro. The donation would endorse the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in Libya allowing vulnerable children …

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WFP Initiates Emergency Operation for Egyptians Fleeing a Destabilized Libya(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) An emergency operation overseen by the World Food Programme (WFP) was initiated after the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs requested that food assistance be given to Egyptians who are leaving Libya to head back to their homeland. The official agreement emergency support operation was officiated today and is expected to last for three months. After …

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Libyan Women Embrace Entrepreneurship Amidst Turmoil (Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Life in Libya has been unstable since the uprising in 2011, however this has not stopped some Libyans from striving to achieve some sort of stability in their lives. In spite of constant clashes on the streets of Tripoli, regularly occurring blackouts and an unstable economy, there are some that against all odds managed to …

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Wrongfully Detained Libyan Canadian Salim Alaradi Returns to Canada(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Libyan Canadian Salim Alaradi, who was released from prison two weeks ago after being wrongfully detained in the United Arab Emirates for nearly two years, arrived in Canada with his family on Monday. “Ladies and gentleman, I’m overwhelmed to be home after the last two years,” Salim Alaradi told a news conference at Toronto Pearson …

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Migration

Calm Seas Causes Influx of Migrants Crossing Mediterranean(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Thursday, migrant rescue efforts on the Mediterranean Sea managed to save 2,000 migrants on boats fleeing Libya for Europe. Since the Mediterranean Sea waters have calmed, humanitarian organizations, the Italian navy and the coast guard set out to rescue the many migrant boats they expect to take advantage of the calm seas. Reuters reported …

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