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Airstrikes hit Libya base held by Turkey-backed forces

Jul. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

Cairo (AP) — Libyan officials in the capital of Tripoli said Sunday that overnight airstrikes hit a key military base on the city’s outskirts that was recently retaken by Turkey-backed forces. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based forces, Col. Mohamed Gnounou, said the strikes were carried out by...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Libyan Ministry of justice employees dig out at a siyte of a suspected mass grave in the town of Tarhouna, Libya, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The United Nations said that at least eight mass graves have been discovered, mostly in Tarhuna, a key western town that served as a main stronghold for Khalifa's east-based forces in their 14-month campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

UN chief tells Libya's Hifter there is no military solution

Jul. 1, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the commander of Libya’s eastern-based forces Wednesday that there can be no military solution to the conflict he launched in April 2019 against the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric...

FILE - In this May 11 2017 file photo, the French stealth frigate Courbet is docked at Naval Base Guam, near Hagatna, Guam. rance is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation of Libya's coast after a standoff with a Turkish ship and amid growing tensions within the military alliance over Libya. France is also calling for crisis mechanism to prevent a repeat of an incident earlier this month between Turkish warships and the French naval vessel Courbet in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

Jul. 1, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s Defense Ministry said that the government...

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he gives a press conference after a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the German government's guest house Meseberg Castle in Gransee near Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 29 2020. The meeting takes place ahead of Germany's EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020. (Hayoung Jeon, Pool via AP)

Macron condemns Turkey's 'criminal' actions in Libya

Jun. 29, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out Monday against Turkey's “criminal” responsibility in Libya. Speaking during a visit to Germany, Macron strongly condemned Turkey's actions in Libya as “unacceptable.” He said Turkey “doesn't respect any of its...

Eastern Libya urges Egypt to send troops if Sirte attacked

Jun. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The speaker of Libya's east-based parliament urged Egypt on Wednesday to make good on its threat to send troops to fight rival Turkey-backed western Libyan forces should they attack the strategic city of Sirte, Egypt's state news agency reported. Libya has for years been split between rival...

Arab League urges Libya cease-fire amid fears of wider war

Jun. 23, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League on Tuesday pressed Libya’s warring parties and their foreign backers to halt fighting and restart peace talks, as regional tensions threaten a new escalation in the oil-rich country’s years-long conflict. Following an emergency meeting requested by Egypt, Arab...

Italy, Germany, US seek Libya cease-fire after Egypt threat

Jun. 23, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy, Germany and the United States pushed Monday for a cease-fire and de-escalation of tensions in Libya following a warning by Egypt that it would intervene militarily if Turkish-backed forces attack the strategic city of Sirte. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his German...

Turkey accuses France of dragging Libya into 'chaos'

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish government spokesman shot back at French President Emmanuel Macron and blamed France on Tuesday for allegedly “dragging Libya into chaos.” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy accused Macron of “losing reason” and of making unfounded...

Ex-CIA director, defense secretary Gates: US is paralyzed

Jun. 22, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates said Monday that the U.S. government is paralyzed by political polarization and careerism, which has allowed China, Russia and other rivals to make inroads internationally to America's detriment. Gates, who served in both...