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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 »

7 Die in Battle for Libya's Main Airport

Flights canceled as rival militias clash

(Newser) - All flights to Libya's main international airport have been suspended while rival militias battle for control of the facility. In Tripoli's worst violence since November, at least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in battles between militia members from the Zintan region, who have controlled the... More »

Inside the Life, Capture of Alleged Benghazi Ringleader

Ahmed Abu Khattalah was captured without a shot being fired

(Newser) - What now for Ahmed Abu Khattalah, the alleged mastermind of the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi who has been captured in a US raid? The administration says he will be tried in a federal criminal court, despite calls from Republican lawmakers for the Libyan to be held... More »

US Nabs Suspected Benghazi Mastermind

Special forces capture Ahmed Abu Khattala

(Newser) - US Special Forces captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man long suspected of leading the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, over the weekend in a secret raid, official sources tell the Washington Post . American troops, working with the FBI, apprehended Khattala near Benghazi, and are currently holding him... More »

US to Citizens: Get Out of Libya

State Department warns of 'unpredictable and unstable' situation

(Newser) - Any Americans still in Libya should get out immediately because of the "unpredictable and unstable" security situation, the State Department warns. After an attack on the country's parliament earlier this month and continued conflict between a renegade general and Islamist militias, the US is poised to evacuate its... More »

US Secretly Training Commandos in Africa

And on the verge of doing the same in Syria

(Newser) - The US military has been secretly training counterterrorism commandos in a handful of African countries, the New York Times reveals today, in the hopes of creating elite, homegrown foes for groups like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram. The Pentagon is spending almost $70 million on the plan, drawing on classified funds,... More »

US Now Ready to Evacuate Embassy in Tripoli

Country may be poised for civil war: Washington Post

(Newser) - Amid new violence in Libya , the US is considering evacuating its embassy in Tripoli, with the decision being made "minute by minute," an official tells CNN . Eight Osprey aircraft are now in place at a US naval base in Italy, ready to evacuate the embassy if needed; 200... More »

Things Got Ugly in Libya This Weekend

Khalifa Haftar-aligned militiamen stormed parliament yesterday

(Newser) - The Libyan government maintains that it is still in control after a weekend that saw its own parliament building stormed—though whether that is the case remains unclear, reports Reuters . What happened, and what's happening, in the tumultuous country:
  • Yesterday's attack on parliament: Loyalists of retired general Khalifa
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Gadhafi Ran School Rape Dungeon, Film Says

Documentary describes late Libyan leader's barbaric ways

(Newser) - Late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's diet of rape and torture is well-documented , but a new film delves deeper into his sexual predilections and habit of keeping dead enemies on ice—literally, the New York Post reports. Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi, slated for Showtime this... More »

Navy SEALs Seize Hijacked Oil Tanker

Libyan rebels had been trying to sell oil on black market

(Newser) - US Navy SEALs boarded a hijacked oil tanker early today in international waters off Cyprus, wresting control of the vessel from Libyan rebels who were attempting to sell the oil on the black market. The Morning Glory initially sailed into a Libyan port under a North Korean flag early last... More »

Ex-Spy: Iran, Not Libya, Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Attack was 'revenge for downing of Iranian plane'

(Newser) - The Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 went to his grave protesting his innocence —and new evidence suggests he was telling the truth and it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie attack, an al-Jazeera investigation finds. A former Iranian intelligence officer is among the... More »

Gadhafi Son Handed Back to Libya

Saadi Gadhafi to face charges of killing protesters

(Newser) - After years of very comfortable house arrest in Niger, one of Moammar Gadhafi's surviving sons is now in Libyan custody. Saadi Gadhafi, who fled Libya for Niger as his father's regime collapsed in 2011, was extradited from the West African country today and is now in a Tripoli... More »

Libya Parliament Moves to 5-Star Hotel After Attack

Protesters stormed parliament last night

(Newser) - After a deadly attack last night, Libya's parliament has relocated and will meet in a five-star Tripoli hotel. Tensions in the country have been high, with rival militias backing Prime Minister Ali Zidan and the Islamist factions in parliament that oppose him. Dozens of protesters stormed parliament yesterday, shooting... More »

Gadhafi's Chemical Stash Wiped Out in Secret

3-month international effort used a 'giant, high-tech oven'

(Newser) - The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons continues to hit delays—but a secret effort to rid Libya of chemical weapons has been a success, the New York Times reports. The US and Libya have been destroying what was left of Moammar Gadhafi's stockpile, including hundreds of weapons containing... More »

Libya Sees First High-Profile Assassination in Years

Deputy Cabinet minister killed while driving home from shopping

(Newser) - Since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted more than two years ago, assassinations have taken the lives of low-level government employees, activists, clerics, and security officials—but, as of two days ago, no top government officials. That ended Saturday, when Libyan Deputy Minister of Industry Hassan Drouai was shot numerous times as... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

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