Ulf Laessing

Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war

10 May 2019

TRIPOLI Fighters allied to Libya's U.N.-backed government posted selfies from a barracks one day last month to mark their progress in a battle for Tripoli.

Libya's Haftar orders troops to fight harder during Ramadan

06 May 2019

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday was a month of holy war.

Stalemate persists in Tripoli after overnight fighting, more civilians flee

03 May 2019

TRIPOLI Fighting raged in the battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, with neither faction able to secure gains as an offensive by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar entered its fifth week, killing almost 400 people and displacing 50,000.

Beans or brioche: breakfast is divisive in Libyan conflict

03 May 2019

TRIPOLI Coffee and a pastry covered in chocolate, honey and almonds or a savoury bean stew sandwich with juice or a fizzy drink.

As assault grinds on, Tripoli lawmakers reject offensive by UAE ally

02 May 2019

TRIPOLI Lawmakers loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government on Thursday denounced an attack on Tripoli by an ally of the United Arab Emirates and defended their record in fighting terrorism, after the Gulf state said "extremist militias" ruled the capital.

Libya coast guard detains 113 migrants during lull in fighting

02 May 2019

TRIPOLI The Libyan coast guard has stopped 113 migrants trying to reach Italy over the past two days, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as boat departures resume following a lull in fighting between rival forces in Libya.

Libya's rival governments move to financial war with frontline stuck

30 Apr 2019

TRIPOLI With the frontlines around Libya's contested capital Tripoli stalemated, the two rival factions are bringing oil and money supplies into the firing line of their battle for power.

UPDATE 4-Guards repel assault on Libya's biggest oilfield as Tripoli battle rages

30 Apr 2019

* UN envoy: Backers beware, eastern commander 'no Abraham Lincoln'

Air strike hits Tripoli as eastern Libyan forces send warship to oil port

28 Apr 2019

TRIPOLI, Libya Air strikes hit the Libyan capital late on Saturday as eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar pursued a three-week campaign to take Tripoli and also confirmed for the first time they had dispatched a warship to an oil port.

Libya's U.N.-backed government readies new war funding but hopes vital business to continue

26 Apr 2019

TRIPOLI Libya's U.N.-recognised government has budgeted up to 2 billion dinars ($1.43 billion) to cover costs of a three-week-old war for control of the capital, such as treatment for the wounded, to be funded without new borrowing, the economy minister said.

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