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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

US Sends Marines to Italy as Libya Tensions Mount

US ambassador hauled in over al-Libi raid

(Newser) - The US' capture of Abu Anas al-Libi is turning into a full-blown diplomatic incident. Libya's government has summoned the US ambassador for questioning over what it terms the "kidnapping" of the alleged al-Qaeda operative, CNN reports. The US, meanwhile, sees the situation as perilous enough that it has... More »

Libya Car Bomb Hits French Embassy

Tripoli blast injures 2 guards

(Newser) - Two guards were injured when a car bomb exploded outside France's embassy in Tripoli this morning in the first such attack on a foreign mission in the Libyan capital since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. French President Francois Hollande called the bombing an attack on "all countries in... More »

Borders Closed as Libya Braces for Anniversary

Many fear violence Islamists will target historic treasures

(Newser) - The start of the revolution that led to the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi will be commemorated in Libya on Sunday, and the country is bracing itself for what may come. Bloomberg reports that foreigners have been exiting Libya in anticipation; the borders with Egypt and Tunisia have been closed; and... More »

3 Car Bombs Kill 2 in Tripoli

Deadly blasts first of their kind since fall of Gadhafi

(Newser) - Three car bombs exploded in Tripoli today, killing at least two people, reports Reuters . The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry's administrative offices; when police arrived and began investigating, they found a second, unexploded bomb in the area. Shortly after, two more car bombs detonated at a... More »

Libyan Militia Seizes Tripoli Airport

Fighting breaks out after standoff

(Newser) - Fighting has broken out between rival militias at the Tripoli airport, witnesses tell Reuters , following a standoff in which one of the militias seized control of the facility. Militia fighters had earlier surrounded the airport, demanding the release of one of their detained leaders. The airport was forced to close,... More »

Gadhafi Loyalists Take Town Near Tripoli

Uprising marks most serious security challenge yet for Libya

(Newser) - The Libyan war may not be over after all; fighters loyal to the old regime seized the town of Bani Walid yesterday, hoisting the green flag of Moammar Gadhafi's Libya after an eight-hour battle with the revolutionary brigade that had been holding the city. "They control the town... More »

Fighting Breaks Out Between Libyan Ex-Rebels, 4 Die

Misrata, Tripoli fighters battle over prisoners

(Newser) - A street battle broke out in Tripoli yesterday between two militias that had once been allies against Moammar Gadhafi. Around noon a group of fighters from Misrata drove their gun-mounted pickup trucks up to a makeshift prison run by a Tripoli militia, and demanded they hand over two prisoners, the... More »

Panetta Is First US Defense Chief to Visit Libya

His trip comes as US lifts sanctions

(Newser) - Leon Panetta became the first US defense secretary to go to Libya earlier today, touring war-torn Tripoli, reports the AP . Panetta is scheduled to meet with members of the transitional government and visit the graves of 13 sailors who died in 1804, when the US Intrepid attempted to destroy pirate... More »

Clinton Makes Unannounced Visit to Libya

Secretary of State brings aid, support

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton arrived in Libya today on an unannounced visit, the first by a Cabinet-level US official since Moammar Gadhafi was driven from Tripoli almost two months ago. Clinton’s visit to the capital, which was kept secret for security reasons, is expected to last just hours, the BBC reports.... More »

Libya Rebels Dig Up Mass Grave

More than 1,200 were executed after 1996 prison riot

(Newser) - Rebels in Libya have uncovered a mass grave of more than 1,200 people that rekindled brutal memories of a prison riot 15 years ago, CNN reports. Revolutionaries say they discovered the grave last week outside Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, where prisoners rioted over restricted family visits and poor... More »

UK, CIA Linked to Rendition Plot With Gadhafi Regime

One victim is now head of anti-Gadhafi forces

(Newser) - Today's bloodthirsty dictator was apparently yesterday's Western helpmate. Documents discovered in an abandoned Libyan government office reveal that the Brits, CIA and Libya were involved in a plan to deliver a terror suspect—with his wife and children—to a Tripoli prison where they likely faced torture, reports... More »

Foreign Firms Helped Gadhafi's Online Spies

Phone, online monitoring aided by advanced tech

(Newser) - As the Arab Spring swept around the Middle East in February, Moammar Gadhafi's regime stepped up its online spying of Libyan citizens thanks to a lot of technical support from Western companies, reports the Wall Street Journal . On February 15, the day uprisings started in Benghazi, Libyan officials met... More »

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