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Libya News and Analysis


A previous air strike hit Tripoli airport and was said to be carried out by the UAE, according to US officials

New round of air strikes target Libya militias Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Former army general Khalifa Haftar claims responsibility for attack

Libya's prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has accused Qatar of arming Islamist militias

Libya accuses Qatar of arming Islamists Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says planes delivered weapons to militias


Libyan militias seize ministries in Tripoli Subscription Required

2 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Government says most institutions and state bodies in the capital are beyond its control

US embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya

Militia takes control of US embassy in Tripoli Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Armed group says it is defending the compound to prevent looting

Britain's ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron

UN cracks down on Libya fighting Subscription Required

28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Security Council unanimously approves sanctions for entities and individuals involved in violence

Air stikes in Libya

Waha Oil Company offices bombed in Libya air strike Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Air raid on 23 August caused fire at oil company headquarters

Tripoli International airport following air strikes

US claims UAE and Egypt responsible for airstrikes on Libya Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Anonymous US officials tell news agencies that the UAE and Egypt secretly bombed Libyan militias

Tripoli International airport taken over

Tripoli international airport seized by Misrata-led militias Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp , Hassan Morajea

Airport changes hands in move that is likely to escalate conflict


Libya stripped of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Continuing violence means tournament is now looking for new host

Omar Shakmak

Libya’s acting oil minister stands down Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Omar Shakmak says acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni asked him to stand down


Libyan oil output rises to 562,000 barrels a day Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

El-Sider oil terminal set to export first shipment of crude after militants took control in July 2013


Airstrikes in Libya as militia war escalates Subscription Required

18 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Aircraft bomb Tripoli as armed groups ignore UN appeal for ceasefire

Libya conflict

Libya calls for foreign intervention Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Libya’s parliament says UN should take measures to protect civilians

Protesters in Tripoli, Libya

Libya to hold popular vote for next president Subscription Required

13 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

House of Representatives votes on new system as the country struggles to achieve a transition to democracy

Work on a 1,400MW power plant in Sirte has been suspended due to ongoing fighting Benghazi and Tripoli

Work on power plant halted in Libya Subscription Required

11 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ongoing fighting causes South Korean companies to temporarily stop construction

Fighting in Benghazi, Libya

Key Libyan military base under threat from Islamist group Subscription Required

10 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

A string of victories for militant Islamists Ansar al-Sharia in Libya’s east sparks fears that Benghazi’s air force base could be overrun

Ageela Salah Issa al-Ebeidi, centre, new president of Libya's House of Representatives

Rifts deepen in Libya’s new parliament Subscription Required

7 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp , Hassan Morajea

Lawmakers refuse to attend sessions as war continues on the streets

Mongi Hamdi, foreign minister, Tunisia

Tunisia threatens to close Libya border Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Foreign minister says refugee influx may destabilise the country ahead of key elections

People look at the wreckage of a government war plane, which crashed during fighting on 29 July in Benghazi

Islamists claim major victory in Benghazi Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ansar al-Sharia and its allies overrun key military base in eastern Libya

Black plumes of smoke are seen after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Libya

US evacuates embassy in Libya Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Staff driven to Tunisia with military escort as fighting escalates in Tripoli


Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Robert Jones

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq


The Pentagon in the US

UAE cuts out the middle man in Libya

28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

By bombing Libya, the UAE and Egypt open the door to backlash from both allies and enemies


Recovery in Libyan oil exports

21 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

The country is further than ever from being able to form a unified military force to resist the militias


Libyan rebels end oil port blockade Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Oil crisis seems to be at an end, but further disruption is likely and could see blockades return

Change: Many Libyans hope Haftar will bring stability

Libya: Lurching back into civil war Subscription Required

29 May 2014

Both sides in the conflict for power in Libya are ready to take each other on and there are signs the clashes will further destabilise the country


Confusion reigns in Libya's government Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

The almost farcical voting session to name the new prime minister highlights the country’s many issues

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