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Gadhafi Son Is Released, Vanishes

Onetime heir-apparent Seif al-Islam was held since late 2011

(Newser) - Seif al-Islam, the son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has been released after more than five years in detention, his captors said on Saturday. A statement by his captors, the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, said Seif al-Islam was released on Friday, but gave no details... More »

Executions Reported in Deadly Attack on Libyan Airbase

The base was held by soldiers opposed to the UN-backed Libyan government

(Newser) - An official in Libya says at least 140 people—including civilians—were killed in a strike on the Brak al-Shati airbase, more than doubling the original count from the attack Thursday, the BBC reports. According to the Guardian , the base was attacked by the Third Force militia, which is loyal... More »

Scores of Bodies Wash Ashore in Libya

Libyan Red Crescent recovered the migrants' bodies Tuesday

(Newser) - Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent says. The drownings—at least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya—are the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record... More »

All Passengers Freed From Hijacked Plane

Ordeal on tarmac in Malta is over

(Newser) - A hijacking drama unfolded on an airport tarmac in Malta Friday, but it ended without violence. It began when two hijackers commandeered an aircraft carrying 118 people in the skies over Libya and diverted it to the Mediterranean island, reports Reuters . Claiming to have a hand grenade, the hijackers threatened... More »

Monkey Blamed for Deadly Havoc in Libya

An attack on a schoolgirl, then 4 days of violence that have left dozens dead, wounded

(Newser) - Three young men turned a pet monkey loose on a schoolgirl, they were then killed in revenge, and now, after four days of violence, nearly two dozen are dead (numbers cited are between 16 and 20 so far) and 50 wounded in a conflict-ridden Libyan city, health officials and activists... More »

UN: Survivors Report 240 Dead in 2 Mediterranean Shipwrecks

More than 4,200 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year

(Newser) - Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, a UN refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year's toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record. A spokesperson for UNHCR says 31... More »

90 Feared Dead in Disaster Off Libya

Migrants' boat fell apart in international waters

(Newser) - The Libyan navy says at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished Thursday when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving the Libyan coast. The boat, which was made of rubber, tore and began filling with water about 26 miles off the Libyan... More »

No Photo Exists of World's Most Wanted Migrant Smuggler

Guess that means he's pretty good at his job

(Newser) - German outlet Der Spiegel has published an in-depth investigative piece on the sprawling network that's bringing illegal African migrants across the Mediterranean and into Europe. Focusing on the operation of one man targeted by Italian and Libyan authorities, the paper traces the long, dangerous path migrants must cross before... More »

ISIS Sniper Kills Dutch Journalist

Photographer was shot during clashes in Libyan city

(Newser) - A Dutch photojournalist captured and held for a week by ISIS in Syria in 2012 was killed by one of the group's snipers in Libya on Sunday. A Libyan government spokesman says Jeroen Oerlemans, 46, was shot in the chest during a battle in the coastal city of Sirte... More »

US Warplanes Strike ISIS in Libya

White House agrees to request from new government there

(Newser) - For the moment, the US has extended the fight against the Islamic State to another country—Libya. American warplanes of both the manned and drone variety launched precision airstrikes Monday against ISIS targets in the city of Sirte at the request of the Libyan government, reports Reuters . ISIS captured the... More »

GOP Benghazi Report: Clinton Had Intel to See Risk

Nothing short of an attack would have convinced secretary of the danger

(Newser) - A Republican report on the 2012 attack in Benghazi finds Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration should have realized an attack was possible before it took place. The report from the House Benghazi Committee notes the administration failed to recognize the risks of rising crime levels and gun ownership. "... More »

House Dems Sidestep GOP, Issue Own Benghazi Report

In which they find 'woefully inadequate' security, Hillary Clinton wasn't to blame

(Newser) - Democrats on the House Benghazi panel said in a report Monday that security at the Libya facility the night of Sept. 11, 2012, was "woefully inadequate," but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never personally denied any requests from diplomats for additional protection. The panel's five Democrats... More »

Drowned Baby a Crushing Symbol of Migrant Crisis

Was one of 3 infants pulled from Mediterranean on Friday

(Newser) - The figure bobbing in the water looked "like a doll, arms outstretched." But what German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch pulled from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday was not a doll. "I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms... More »

US Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

He's been described as the ringleader of the attack that killed 4 Americans

(Newser) - The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans, the AP reports. The department revealed its decision in a court filing that provided no explanation. His attorneys had... More »

Up to 500 Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwreck

Smugglers were transferring the migrants to a larger boat in choppy waters

(Newser) - Up to 500 people are feared dead after a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea last week, UN refugee agency UNHCR said Wednesday. The AP reports the disaster happened in waters between Italy and Libya, based on accounts from 41 survivors who were rescued on April 16 by a merchant ship.... More »

Obama Says His Biggest Mistake Happened in 2011

He wishes there had been a better plan for Libya

(Newser) - President Obama is now about 90% of the way through his presidency and apparently feels he has little to lose by talking to Fox News about his mistakes. In a Fox News Sunday interview, the president said that a failure to plan for the aftermath of intervention in Libya was... More »

How Hillary Helped Create a Terrorist Haven

Clinton spearheaded intervention into Libya

(Newser) - As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton played a key role in persuading President Obama to intervene in Libya—a move that helped turn the country into a war-torn, terrorist haven, the New York Times reports in two long articles based on interviews with more than 50 domestic and foreign officials.... More »

ISIS Raids Libyan City, Beheads 12

Militants continue push to control key city

(Newser) - Islamic State affiliates in Libya briefly took over the security headquarters in the western city of Sabratha, killing and beheading 12 security officers before being driven out early Wednesday, two city security officials said. The incident highlighted the enduring presence and unpredictable striking power of the ISIS militants in the... More »

Serbia: US Strike in Libya Killed 2 Embassy Hostages

They were snatched from convoy in November

(Newser) - Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage in Libya since November are believed to have been killed in Friday's US airstrikes on an ISIS camp in western Libya, Serbia's foreign minister said Saturday. The minister identified the two as Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica... More »

US Strike in Libya Kills ISIS Recruits

Leader behind 2 major attacks was the target

(Newser) - American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting what was apparently an Islamic State training camp, the AP reports. The big strike took place on a camp near the city of Sabratha, where the mayor says about 40 were killed, reports Reuters . One US official tells the New York ... More »

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