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Libya: French-Owned U.S. Missiles Found on Warlord Haftar Base

Paris on Wednesday admitted that U.S.-made missiles found on a base operated by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar belonged to the French military, but it denied breaching a United Nations arms embargo, claiming that the weapons were “unusable” and never intended to end up with the warlord’s troops, who have been accused of war crimes.

In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank missiles are displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). France's Defense Ministry acknowledged that U.S.-made missiles captured from the LNA belonged to the French military. A statement Wednesday, July 10, 2019, said the …

Libya: Warlord Haftar’s Forces Bomb Migrant Center, Killing 44, Injuring 130

The United Nations-brokered administration in Libya accused warlord Khalifa Haftar’s forces, fighting on behalf of the breakaway government in the eastern part of the country, of launching an airstrike on Wednesday that struck a migrant detention center in Tripoli, reportedly killing at least 44 people and wounding over 130.

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Libya Shuts Down Foreign Oil and Gas Operations

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) – the U.N.-recognized government currently under siege in Tripoli by one of the other major factions vying for control of the shattered country – on Thursday revoked the licenses of about 40 foreign oil and gas firms, including French giant Total.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2011, file photo, a Libyan man works at a refinery inside the Brega oil complex in Brega, eastern Libya. Libyan officials said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, oil exports have plunged to less than 10 percent of their pre-war levels. An official at Libya's National …

Trump Calls Anti-Jihad Libyan Warlord amid Tripoli Invasion

President Donald Trump recognized the “significant role in fighting terrorism” of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) in a phone call with Haftar on Monday, potentially marking a shift from favoring the United Nations-brokered government to endorsing the warlord who controls most of the country.

File picture of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the self-styled Libyan National Army, who has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation

U.N.: ‘Indiscriminate Shelling’ on Libyan Capital’s Residential District ‘War Crimes’

The head of the United Nations mission in Libya on Wednesday blasted “in the strongest terms” warlord Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s ongoing offensive to take the capital of Tripoli from troops loyal to the internationally recognized administration, accusing his eastern forces of committing “war crimes” with “indiscriminate” shelling overnight that struck densely-populated area.

Ghassan Salame, UN special envoy for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in the capital Tripoli on April 18, 2019. (Photo by Mahmud TURKIA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Libya as Russia- and France-Backed Warlord Invades Capital

The U.S. military over the weekend announced that it had “temporarily” withdrawn a small contingent of American troops from Libya “due to increased unrest” in Tripoli fueled by ongoing battles between pro-internationally recognized government forces and an army loyal to a renegade warlord backed by Russia, France, and neighboring Egypt, among other countries.

Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the military leader of the so-called Libyan National Army and Libyas parallel parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is greeted upon his arrival at Al-Kharouba airport south of the town of al-Marj, about 80 km east of the Mediterranean port city of Benghazi on December …

Libyan Warlord Haftar Begins His March on Tripoli

Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, commander of the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), commenced his march on Tripoli Thursday, capturing a town only 60 miles south of the national capital and headquarters of the U.N.-backed, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). The GNA issued military alerts as skirmishes were reported between its forces and the LNA vanguard.

Members of the self-styled Libyan National Army, loyal to the country's east strongman Khalifa Haftar, hold a position in central Benghazi on July 6, 2017, after retaking the area from jihadist fighters. Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar on July 5 announced the 'total liberation' of second city Benghazi, which was …

Libyan Strongman Haftar Visits Saudi King Salman in Riyadh

Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who has conquered well over half the country despite the international community formally recognizing an entirely different government as legitimate, was a guest of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday. Details of their conversation are scarce, but Haftar’s first visit to Saudi Arabia seems like a significant event.

Libyan strongman Haftar a reluctant key player in crisis talks