Libya: Up to 35 Russian Mercenaries Killed in Libya – Reports

[VOA] As many as 35 Russian mercenaries are reported to have been killed in Libya while they were fighting for Khalifa Haftar, the military general most associated with the rule of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, who launched an offensive earlier this year on the Libyan capital of Tripoli, home to the country’s internationally-recognized government, according to a Russian media.

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Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s strongest warlord, makes a push for Tripoli

THIS WAS supposed to be a rare moment of cautious optimism in Libya. On April 4th António Guterres, the UN’s secretary-general, arrived in Tripoli, the capital, to prepare for a peace conference which, he hoped, would lead to long-delayed elections later this year.

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The battle for Libya’s southern frontier

THE INTERNECINE fighting in Libya is often reduced to east versus west: Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls the former, against a United Nations-backed government in the latter. But this year’s most important fighting is some 600km south of the capital, Tripoli. Last month General Haftar sent his Libyan National Army (LNA) to pacify Fezzan, a vast expanse of desert plagued by ethnic and tribal feuds

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The scramble for Sirte

ISLAMIC STATE (IS) in Libya is a popular target these days. From the east and south, the army of Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s most potent warlord, is moving on the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by some 5,000 jihadists. To the west, the UN-backed administration of Fayez al-Serraj has created an anti-IS command centre in Tripoli, the capital.

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Libya: Drawing the battle lines

THREE weeks after Khalifa Haftar, a retired general, declared his own “war on terrorism” against Libya’s Islamists, he plainly has a long way to go. Although a clutch of disgruntled army and police officers, politicians and tribal militiamen have rallied to him, many other Libyans are still wary. They worry about his alleged ties to the CIA, and they fear his ruthlessness.

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