Latest Khalifa Hifter News

Libya's Sarraj calls for elections in 2019 to end war

Jun. 16, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Libya's U.N.-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Hifter continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli. Prime Minister Fayez...

UN chief urges implementation of arms embargo against Libya

Jun. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement a U.N. arms embargo against Libya, saying illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air are fueling the current fighting in the oil-rich country. Guterres made the appeal in a report circulated Monday...

Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt

May. 29, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over to Egypt on Wednesday by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown to Cairo. Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a...

Hifter's forces push toward Libyan capital city's center

May. 27, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Heavy clashes have been slowly nearing the center of Libya's capital, Tripoli, as forces loyal to the military commander Khalifa Hifter battle to seize power, an official and residents said Monday. Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite...

2 Libyan reporters taken by commander Hifter's forces freed

May. 26, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. mission in Libya says two local TV reporters detained by forces loyal to a commander who is on the offensive to capture the country's capital, Tripoli, have been released after three weeks in captivity. Libya's Alahrar TV station said commander Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan...

Libya's Hifter tells Macron no cease-fire without negotiator

May. 22, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter said in a meeting on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron that he cannot work toward a cease-fire because he has no one with whom to negotiate. Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to...

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

May. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from...

Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with US

May. 21, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan general who has gained control of the city of Benghazi and is believed to have ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the U.S. as he seeks to defeat rival militias and consolidate his hold on the North African country. Field...

Libyan capital, under siege, gets water back after 2 days

May. 21, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Authorities say the Libyan capital, which has been under attack by commander Khalifa Hifter's forces since last month, has seen its water supplies resume two days after gunmen shut the pipes down, depriving over 2 million residents of water. The Interior Ministry says the gunmen on...

Hifter's rule brings security to eastern Libya, at a cost

May. 21, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — After years of assassinations, bombings and militia firefights, Libya's eastern city of Benghazi finally feels safe again — but security has come at a heavy cost. Uniformed police are out at major intersections, cafes and restaurants stay open late into the night, and local...