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Source: The Guradian

Libya: EU officials hoping Trump will pull support for warlord

Today 10:50 GMT

European officials are hoping Donald Trump’s surprise expression of support for the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar can be reversed amid division in Washington over US policy on the north African country.

Although European diplomats knew high level contacts between Trump and Haftar’s aides were under way last week, the degree of support expressed in the White House statement came as a surprise. In the US, the Republican senator Lindsey Graham called on Trump to “let Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey know that the proxy war they’ve created in Libya is unacceptable”.

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Source: DW

Libya: 'New phase' in fight for Tripoli

Sunday 19:03 GMT

Forces loyal to Libya's unity government have launched a counterattack to keep rival fighters from advancing on the city.

Haftar doesn't recognize Libya's United Nations-backed GNA government and instead backs a rival administration in eastern Libya. Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. "We have launched a new phase of attack.

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Source: DW

Tripoli airport reopens as fighting rages on in Libya

Monday 15:24 GMT

The air traffic in Tripoli was suspended overnight for "security reasons," as Libya's unity government battled to push back a rival group's offensive.

On Friday, the White House said US President Donald Trump had called Haftar earlier in the week to acknowledge "Field Marshal Haftar's significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya's transition to a stable, democratic political system."

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Source: The Guradian

Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Monday 08:03 GMT

Several airstrikes and explosions shook Tripoli overnight in an escalation of an assault on the Libyan capital by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.

The French government, the European power closest to Haftar, insists it had no prior warning of his assault, which is closing in on the capital, Tripoli. The outcome could shape not just the politics of Libya, but also the security of the Mediterranean, and the relevance of democracy across the Middle East and north Africa.


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