August 26, 2019

Turkey recognises Libya Rebel Transitional Council

Turkey has recognised the rebel Transitional National Council in Libya as the true representative of Libya's people, with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu saying it was time for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to go. Turkey has pledged a further $200m in aid for the rebels in … [Read more...]

France confirms weapons drops to Libyan rebels

The French military has confirmed that weapons have been air-dropped to rebels fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's troops in Western Libya. Light arms, ammunition, rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles were sent to Berber tribal fighters in the Nafusa mountains in early June. "We began by … [Read more...]

Italy urges NATO to suspend hostilities in Libya

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has called on Nato to suspend hostilities in Libya to allow humanitarian aid to be brought to the war-torn country. Mr Frattini warned Nato's credibility is at risk because of recent civilian casualties from its bombing campaign. Arab League Chairman … [Read more...]

UK Govt rules out arming Libya rebels

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has ruled out the United Kingdom arming the opposition rebel forces fighting Colonel Gaddafi in Libya. He is however willing to send them telecommunications equipment "given the urgent need on the ground". "We are prepared to supply nonlethal equipment … [Read more...]

Syrian troops kill 10 protesters in Deraa

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Syrian police opened fire on people protesting against the deaths of anti-government demonstrators in Deraa, in southern Syria. One Syrian human rights activist claims that at least 37 people have been "massacred" by the security … [Read more...]

US aircrew rescued after F-15 crashes in Libya

A United States F-15E Strike Eagle involved in attacks against Colonel Gaddafi's military capability in Libya has crashed in Libyan territory. The fighter bomber had flown from Aviano air base in Italy and entered Libyan airspace when it experienced mechanical problems, the U.S. military command … [Read more...]

Arab League criticises UN Libya strikes

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has criticised French, British and US air and missile strikes against Libya. Speaking in Cairo, Moussa said "What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment … [Read more...]

Gaddafi forces capture key Libyan oil port

Sustained attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces have driven the rebels out of the strategic oil port of Ras Lanuf. With Colonel Gaddafi's troops taking full advantage of their air power and heavy weapons, the rebel forces had no chance of holding their positions. There have been reports of severe … [Read more...]