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Libyan Gazette Weekly News Digest 08/15: US Sends Special Ops into Libya & Did Canada Violate The Arms Embargo

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News Digest
Aug 16, 2016

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War On ISIS

US Sends Special Operations Troops to Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) US Special Operations troops are aiding and advising forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli (GNA) in their fight against ISIS in Sirte, said the Pentagon. On Tuesday, Henrietta Levin, the Pentagon spokesperson said, “A small number of US forces have gone in and out of Libya to exchange information with local forces, …

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GNA Forces Begin Post-Liberation Clean Up

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) After making major gains in Sirte this week, forces loyal to the UN-backed government (GNA) began the process of clearing the areas they liberated of any landmines and other explosives left by ISIS. Though the GNA backed forces were able to make major gains, there are still some areas in Sirte where ISIS fighters are …

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70 Percent of Sirte
is Free from ISIS

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) In the last 24 hours,Libyan forces fighting ISIS in Sirte have liberated most of the city with the help of US airstrikes which have enabled theLibyan forces to take over strategic areas in the city centre. Mokhtar Khalifa, the mayor of Sirte, said to The Associated Press that the southern and western areas …

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GNA Forces Take Over Strategic Buildings in Sirte

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Wednesday, Libyanforces fighting ISIS in Sirte were able to take over and secure the Ouagadougou Conference Centre, a hospital, and university buildings in the coastal city. The advance came after the United States began its airstrikes campaign last week. Libyan forces were struggling to advance further in Sirte prior to the US airstrikes …

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GNA in final phases of Freeing Sirte of ISIS

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Sunday, commanders of operation Al-Bunyan al-Marsous who are loyal to the UN-backed unity government (GNA), met to discuss “the final and the crucial battles” to wipe out ISIS in Sirte, according to a post on the force’s Facebook page. On Monday, the GNA loyal forces reportedly have liberated and secured “the Hospitality Palaces in the …

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Politics:

Tensions Between Rival Powers in Libya Threaten its Future

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Forces loyal to the UN-backed Libyan government in Tripoli (GNA) are making major gains in Sirte against ISIS. However, the rising tension between rival governments might lead the country into further chaos and violence. The tension between competing powers in Libya threatens to steal the thunder from Libya’s victory against ISIS in Sirte. Disputes between …

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Kobler Says UN Will Only Back GNA in Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)   The LibyanGovernment of National Accord (GNA) is “crumbling” said Martin Kobler, the UN special envoy to Libya. Constant power cuts, a weak economy and lack of security are signs that the GNA is struggling to keep it together. The GNA has been faced with the overwhelming challenge of unifying a broken and troubled …

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Are Western Powers Seeking Redemption from GNA for
Supporting Haftar?

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) France released a joint statement on behalf of the French government, Britain, Germany, the United States, Italy and Spain on Wednesday expressing support to the UN-backed unity government (GNA). The western allies said they were concerned with the constant power struggle over Al-Zueitina oil port by rival militia groups and urged the militias not to …

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France Increases Humanitarian Aid to Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Monday, France announced that it will increase its “humanitarian aid to Libyawith a new €450,000 subsidy (nearly half a million US dollars) for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),” according to a press release published on a government website. The increase in financial assistance will allow the ICRC in Libya to …

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Migration:

West African Diplomats Visit Migrant Detention Centre in
Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) On Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), brought “seven West African embassies in Libya to visit an immigration detention centre in Tripoli,” said a report by the IOM. The IOM brought the embassies to the detention centre, which was holding citizens from West African countries as “irregular migrants”. IOM facilitated the visit in coordination …

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Locals Bury 21 Unidentified
Bodies After Officials Fail to Act

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Locals in the Warshefana district west of Tripoli took it upon themselves to bury the decomposing bodies of 21 refugees that washed up ashore after local officials failed to take immediate action, a non-profit organization and medics reported on Monday. Some of the bodies first washed ashore west of Tripoli August 2nd on a beach …

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Business

Canadian Company and Government Knowingly Violate UN Arms
Embargo on Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Streit Group, a Canadian-owned company, has supplied armoured vehicles to war torn Libya in violation of the UN imposed arms embargo. The UN has spoken against Streit Group, who has manufacturing plants in Innisfil, Ontario, north of Toronto, for violating a UN resolution and sending 131 armoured vehicles to Libya in 2012. Typhoon armoured carriers …

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Libya’s National Oil Corporation Pleads with
Haftar’s Forces to Refrain from Attacking Oil Port

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Pipelines at the Zueitina oil terminal, west of Benghazi, Libya.Reuters Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) appealed to militia groups in the east to refrain from attacking or damaging the Zueitina oil port after rumours spread that fighting near the eastern port is very likely. The NOC was worried that forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar …

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Libya's Largest Oil Port Es Sider Begins Repairs

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff) Es Sider – Libya’s largest oil port, begins repairs. On Sunday, Galal Mohamed, Waha Oil Corporation’s director of operations, said that oil production and exports from the newly reopened oil ports are likely to begin in a month. The only thing currently holding production back is an official order to reopen the oil ports, said …

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