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Libyan Gazette Weekly News Digest 07/11: “Leaked Tapes Expose US and Western Allies”

 

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News Digest
July 11, 2016

Your top stories from the past week:

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War on ISIS:

Misrata Brigades Threaten to Withdraw Loyalty to GNA(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Forces loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) are saying they have neared the end of the battle with ISIS. The European Union (EU) along with the United States provided military support through training for GNA loyal armed groups and weaponry. Amidst Libya’s fight with ISIS hope sprang amongst GNA officials and the …

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ISIS fighters ambushed by GNA Forces  (Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Early Tuesday morning the forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) faced difficult clashes between the, so-called, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the battle to gain control over Sirte. GNA fighters twice attempted to flee the battle scene against ISIS on the eastern front as the clashes intensified. The government …

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700 Neighbourdhood Liberated From ISIS(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

On Monday Albinyan Almarsous, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA)’s military operation in Sirte, reports heavy and strategic fighting for its forces against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Sirte’s downtown area. The GNA forces followed intelligence they had leading them to a specific location for ISIS’s operations and control room …

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Politics:

CIA Asset? Mystery of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar Exposed by Leaked Tapes(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Photo: AFP

It is widely known and documented that General Khalifa Haftar has strong ties and relations with the CIA, but his exact relationship to the US in today’s Libya scene has been reported through many theories and facts; yet recent leaked tapes expose US and western military-backing of Haftar. During the 2011 revolution which …

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UN Refuses to Recognize Libyan Eastern Parliament(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

The self-declared Libyan parliament in the eastern side of the country will not be given international recognition said the United Nations envoy to Libya led by Martin Kobler. In an email to The Associated Press (AP) Kobler emphasized that the eastern parliament, “is not the recognized” government by the UN or the international community. The …

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Migration

NATO to Join Forces with EU to Halt Flow of Refugees into Europe(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

The announcement was made by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, during the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland that took place this weekend. “We have decided to transform operation Active Endeavour into a broader security mission called Sea Guardian”, Stoltenberg explained. Active Endeavour is a NATO operation created after the 9/11 attacks to secure the Strait …

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Capsized Boat in Mediterranean Shakes Up European Officials(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

217 bodies were found by the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat carrying migrants capsized near Libya’s shores April 18 of last year. The European Union ramped up its rescue efforts after the tragic loss of so many lives. Last week the sunken ship was finally raised from the bottom of the …

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EU Aims to Seal Europe’s Borders Keeping Migrants Out(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

The European Union (EU) is aiming to put an end to the flow of migrants seeking asylum fleeing Libya to Europe. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that such aims put the migrants at great risk of being brutally abused and violently taken advantage of by Libyan criminals, government officials, and militias.   Amnesty International …

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Migrants Exploited by Smugglers in Libya(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Horrific stories told by refugees who migrated from Libya to Italy via the mediterranean were published on Friday by Amnesty International. Amnesty International was able to meet and interview over 90 refugees in Italy’s Puglia and Sicily centres set up to receive refugees. Most of the refugees had fled from their Sub-Saharan countries in search …

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Business

NOC’s Merger A Positive Step towards Unity(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Brigades protecting Libya’s two major oil terminals in Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider have joined forces with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNC)’s National Oil Corporation (NOC). A spokesperson made the announcement on thursday that the GNC and NOC will be working together to reopen the fields and pump-out crude oil. It is not clear …

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Goldman Sachs Executive Testifies in Libya vs. Goldman Lawsuit(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Andrea Vella, an executive for Goldman Sachs’s Asia investment banking, gave his testimony in the case of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) lawsuit against his firm. The LIA has accused Goldman of fraud saying that Goldman manipulated the LIA by building close personal relationships with members of the LIA and their families, luxury trips, and …

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Rival Oil Corporations Unify Under GNA(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

Libya’s official National Oil Corporation (NOC) based in Tripoli and a competing corporation established by the eastern government have finally agreed to merge forming one unified body. The United Nations (UN) along with the international community recognize the body based in the west who and has blocked the eastern group from being able to sell …

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