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Gadhafi Son's Sentence: Death

But it's unclear whether the militia holding Saif al-Islam will give him up

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's son has been sentenced to death in absentia today by a Tripoli court that found him guilty of war crimes during Libya's 2011 uprising. Saif al-Islam is being held by a militia, from the town of Zintan, that has refused to turn him over to the... More »

State Dept. Says Hillary Didn't Turn Over 15 Emails

Department cross-referenced her files to those of longtime adviser

(Newser) - The State Department is still poring over 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails, but officials made an important announcement yesterday: She didn't turn over at least 15 work-related emails as requested, the New York Times reports. How the discovery was made: The House committee looking into the Benghazi... More »

Libya: US Strike Killed 'Uncatchable' Militant Leader

Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded gas plant attack

(Newser) - The militant leader nicknamed "Uncatchable" by the French military wasn't unkillable when US jets carried out an airstrike in eastern Libya early Sunday, according to Libya's official government. Libyan authorities say Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the alleged mastermind of a 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed... More »

4K Migrants Rescued at Sea in 24 Hours

Smugglers sent them adrift once the weather cleared

(Newser) - More than 4,000 migrants have been rescued off Libya's coast in 22 separate operations in one day, with rescuers finding 17 people dead aboard a rubber dinghy, the Italian Coast Guard said today. The rescues, from 13 wooden fishing boats and nine motorized rubber dinghies, took place yesterday.... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

Hillary Agrees to Testify on Benghazi, Emails

But not for two days, thank you very much

(Newser) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to testify once on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya , and her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state, her attorney told lawmakers in a letter today. Lawyer David Kendall says the Democratic presidential candidate will appear for... More »

Egypt: UN Force Needed for 'Abandoned' Libya

Militia-backed PM calls strikes 'treacherous aggression'

(Newser) - Egypt's president says creating a UN-backed coalition is the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio yesterday, said Egyptian airstrikes against ISIS positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. The airstrikes were in retaliation for the... More »

Egypt Hits ISIS Targets After Mass Beheadings

Airstrikes were to 'avenge the bloodshed,' Cairo says

(Newser) - Egypt says it has launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya after the extremist group released a grisly video showing the beheadings of several Coptic Christians it had held hostage for weeks. A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state radio today, marking the first... More »

Video Shows ISIS Beheading Christians

Victims are made to lie face-down before militants

(Newser) - A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages has been released by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group. The video, released tonight, depicted several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each accompanied by a masked militant. The men are... More »

ISIS Affiliate's Tripoli Attack Killed Ex-Marine

Group says hotel hit was retaliation for al-Qaeda leader's death

(Newser) - More details are emerging in yesterday's deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli. Four or five gunmen are believed to have entered the Corinthia in the early morning, shouting "God is great" as they fired at guards and civilians. Ten people were killed, including American David Berry,... More »

Gunmen Hit Luxury Libya Hotel, Kill 8

ISIS claims credit; 5 foreigners, 3 guards reported dead

(Newser) - At least eight people are dead after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya popular with foreigners, reports the AP . ISIS (or at least a Twitter account linked to the group) has claimed credit for the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, reports the BBC . Details are still unfolding,... More »

House Panel Rejects Benghazi Conspiracies

Two-year inquiry finds no wrongdoing by CIA, military, White House

(Newser) - The House Intelligence Committee spent two years investigating conspiracy theories about the 2012 Benghazi attack and has concluded they're mostly just hot air. Here's the takeaway paragraph from the AP :
  • The investigation "determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team,
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Iraqi Officials: ISIS Leader Wounded in Airstrike

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hurt, they say, without elaborating

(Newser) - Iraqi officials said today that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—but Pentagon officials say they have no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq's Defense and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating.... More »

Book: US Commandos Ordered to 'Stand Down' During Benghazi Attack

Authors say CIA station chief refused to let them begin rescue attempt

(Newser) - A new book written by US commandos guarding the American consulate in Benghazi in 2012 says they could have saved American Ambassador Chris Stevens, but the CIA station chief there refused to let them respond when the attack began. The book, 13 Hours, was obtained by the New York Times... More »

Libyan Militia Parties at US Embassy Compound: Reports

Video shows alleged trespassers laughing, frolicking in pool

(Newser) - What happens in Tripoli, stays in Tripoli—except in this video, which purports to show Libyan militia members partying in the pool of an abandoned US Embassy residential compound. In the clip, fully clothed men gleefully leap into the pool from a balcony of the embassy's residential annex, which... More »

Tripoli Bombing Is 'Game-Changer' in Fight Against ISIS

Egypt, UAE teaming up for airstrikes is an Arab milestone: Quartz writer

(Newser) - Neither nation is admitting it exactly, but it seems that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates joined forces earlier this month to bomb sites held by Islamist militants inside Libya. This is actually a huge milestone in the Arab world, writes Bobby Ghosh at Quartz , and one that should cause... More »

US Officials: Egypt, UAE Secretly Attack Libya

Old-school autocrats strike Islamists without US approval

(Newser) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes at militias in Libya twice over the last week without Washington's approval, four US officials tell the New York Times . Egypt, in fact, denied any involvement in the attacks. The first strikes came last week in Tripoli, destroying a weapons depot... More »

Obama's Big Foreign Policy Regret? Gadhafi

Not the ousting of him, but its aftermath, he tells Thomas Friedman

(Newser) - In a wide-ranging interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times , the president reveals what might be his biggest regret in foreign policy: Libya. Obama says the US made the right move in joining the coalition to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, but it didn't do enough to manage the... More »

US Evacuates Libya Embassy

US personnel leave Tripoli for Tunisia

(Newser) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya today and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, the State Department said. Officials blamed intensified fighting between rival militias. The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened... More »

47 Die in Battle for Libya Airport

Militias resume fighting after cease-fire talks fail

(Newser) - Clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 47 people over the past 24 hours, the country's health ministry says. The ministry says that the fighting, which resumed yesterday after cease-fire efforts failed, also left 120 people wounded, and... More »

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