#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: A note has been presented to the ambassadors, saying that the search violated international law, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday: German servicemen from the Hamburg frigate, which has been patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU’s Irini operation to uphold an arms embargo on Libya, boarded a Turkish freighter overnight about 200km (125 miles) north of the Libyan coastal city of Benghazi: However, they couldn’t finish their search of the ship due to vigorous protests from Turkey. The German Defense Ministry acknowledged that by the time the troops left they had not “found anything suspicious,” but insisted that all procedures were followed correctly:
Earlier, Turkey blasted the inspection as an “unauthorized and forceful act,” saying that the vessel was only carrying paints and humanitarian aid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, complained that the crew of the ship were “treated like criminals” during the search. Ankara reserved the right for “all kinds of compensation” from the EU, he added: Aksoy also questioned the legitimacy and the purpose of the Irini Operation, suggesting that it was biased and only aimed “to punish” the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya – while allowing the ships carrying cargo for the rivaling forces of Khalifa Haftar to travel unchecked: Turkey’s support for GNA in the Libyan conflict has been one of many grievances between Ankara and Brussels, which include Turkish backing for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and its aggressive rivalry with Greece and Cyprus for maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the Mediterranean:
The European Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting in December to decide if Ankara deserves to be sanctioned over its “expansionist” policies.…
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#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Hundreds of migrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized off Libya, Italy’s coastguard said Wednesday.
#AceNewsReport – CAIRO:July.28: A total of 339 people, including four human traffickers were arrested Monday while attempting to illegally travel to Libya through Egypt’s Western Desert towns of Sallum, Siwa and Matrouh, Youm7 reported.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA:June.22: Libya’s self-declared government in Tripoli has carried out airstrikes on positions of Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in the city of Sirte, Reuters said.
The remaining people are expected to be freed soon. Tunisian authorities earlier announced that a Libyan man they have held, whose freedom was reportedly demanded by the kidnappers, is to be deported.
The 10 staffers were abducted Friday when gunmen took the mission by storm. Negotiations for the liberation of all those held began the same day as the kidnapping, according to a Tunisian Foreign Ministry source.
#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:MOSCOW:June.11: Double standards in fighting extremism are not acceptable, the top Russian diplomat stressed, adding that actions of extremists are often ignored for political gain.
Russia will promote the creation of a single strategy to counter Islamic State militants in the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
IS announced the seizure in a message on social media, adding that “now the city of Sirte has been freed completely.” Forces loyal to the self-declared government that controls the Libyan capital Tripoli pulled out of Sirte after the attack on the plant began.
Three soldiers were killed, according to a military source.
#AceNewsServices – LIBYA(Benghazi) – October 19 – The governments of the US and four European allies – the UK, France, Germany and Italy – have called for an end to the ongoing violence in Libya that they “strongly condemn”.
Their joint statement, released on Saturday, said that there was “no military solution” to the crisis and, in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution 2174 on ceasefire in Libya, the countries “stand ready to use individual sanctions.”
Dozens of people have been killed recently during three days of conflict in the eastern city of Benghazi in fighting between Islamist militias and government forces.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 17 – At least 14 people were killed in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, after fighting erupted between armed youths and Islamist militias, Reuters said, citing medics.
‘ Fourteen Killed in Fighting in Benhazi ‘
Seven people were also wounded on a third day of heavy clashes.
Pro-government forces supported by youths are continuing to battle the Islamists in the port city.
#AceNewsServices – LIBYA (Tripoli) – October 06 – Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jet-liners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa the Free Beacon reported on September 02 2014.
‘ Libyan Commercial Jetliners Stolen to Order’
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
‘ Libyan Commercial Jetliners Stole to Order ‘
The official said the aircraft are a serious counter-terrorism concern because reports of terrorist control over the Libyan airliners came three weeks before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks and the second anniversary of the Libyan terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
A senior State Department counter-terrorism official declined to comment on reports of the stolen jet-liners.
A second State department official sought to downplay the reports. “We can’t confirm that,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials said Egyptian military forces appear to be preparing to intervene in Libya to prevent the country from becoming a failed state run by terrorists, many with ties to al Qaeda.
Libya remains an oil-rich state and if the country is taken over completely by Islamist extremists, U.S. counter-terrorism officials believe it will become another terrorist safe haven in the region.
The officials said U.S. intelligence agencies have not confirmed the aircraft theft following the takeover of Tripoli International Airport in late August, and are attempting to locate all aircraft owned by two Libyan state-owned airline companies, as security in the country continued to deteriorate amid fighting between Islamists and anti-Islamist militias.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 03 – At least 36 Libyan soldiers were killed in three suicide bombings and clashes with Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, the Libyan army said, as cited by AFP.
Islamists have since September sought to seize control of Benghazi airport — the last remaining bastion in the city of forces loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar, who launched a military campaign against the insurgents in May (AFP Photo/Abdullah Doma)
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Benghazi) – October 02 – Seven Libyan soldiers have been killed and 50 wounded in a double suicide bombing and clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, Reuters said, citing an army commander.
‘ Seven Libyan soldiers killed in suicide bombings, clashes in Benghazi
Three soldiers were killed when two cars loaded with explosives drove into an army checkpoint near Benghazi airport, according to Wanis Bukhamada, commander of army special forces in Benghazi.
Four soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist militants in the same area.
#AceWorldNews -EGYPT (Cairo) – October 01 – Egypt has reportedly offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya. Ahmad Buzeyad Al-Missmari, spokesman of the Libyan General Chief of Staff, confirmed Egypt had offered training for troops, Reuters said.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi earlier called for decisive action against militants based in Libya. Egypt says they sneak across the border to help Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis jihadists attack Egyptian security forces in its Sinai Desert near Israel.
#AceBreakingNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens, according to a spokesman of Libya’s coast guard.
Qassim Ayoub said that Libyan coast guards were retrieving dozens of bodies still floating 18 kilometres off the coast in the Tajoura district, AP reported.
Thirty-six African migrants, including three women – one of them pregnant – were rescued Monday.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 14 – The parliament of Libya has dismissed the governor of the country’s Central Bank over alleged financial irregularities, Reuters reports.
Governor Saddek Omar Elkaber, who is currently in Algiers attending a conference of Arab central bank directors, failed to attend a session at the House of Representatives, which is currently meeting in the city of Tobruk in the east of the country after last month an armed opposition group seized the capital Tripoli.
The Islamist groups that have captured the capital have reinstated the previous parliament as their positions in it were much stronger.
Hashem added that 94 of the 102 lawmakers presented at the session, during which they agreed on this decision. The dismissal is widely seen as a move by the newly elected parliament to secure its financial channels against the ex- parliament General National Congress (GNC) Xinhua reported.
Al-Kabir, allegedly supporting the ex-parliament, responded on Sunday that he will not surrender his position. According to local media, Al-Kabir has long stayed in his residence in Malta and refused to cooperate with the new parliament.
Until a successor is appointed, deputy governor Ali al-Hibri will be in charge at the Central Bank.
#AceWorldNews – EYGPT (Cairo) – September 07 – The secretary-general of the Arab League has appealed to Arab countries to find the political will to confront Islamic State insurgents and other militant groups, describing them as an existential threat.
Nabil Elaraby said Sunday the unprecedented challenges facing Arab countries, including the Islamic State group holding territory in Iraq and Syria, chaos in Libya and turmoil in other part of the regions, has tested the 22-member regional group.
He said the group often disagrees over what to do or uses the pretext of non-interference to avoid accusation of meddling in each other’s affairs, while saying some wouldn’t refuse a Western intervention.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 07 – Libya accused Sudan of arming terrorists and expelled the country’s military attaché on Saturday, a government statement said.
The Libyan government added that a Sudanese military transport plane under the control of a militant group had entered its airspace, with the intention of supplying a “terrorist group” with ammunition. “This work from the Sudanese state violates [the sovereignty] of the State of Libya and interferes with its affairs,” the Libyan statement said, claiming that Sudan is actually “supporting a terrorist group.
According to Libya, the Sudanese plane was on its way to Tripoli-Matiga airportafter making a refuelling stop in the Libyan desert oasis Kufra near the border with Sudan.
Sudan has confirmed that it sent a military plane, but denied it was meant to support non-state militant groups, stating that the plane was carrying equipment for a joint Libyan-Sudanese border force.