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'Unpredictable' Situation Spurs US to Make Move in Libya

US temporarily withdraws troops as fighting gets closer to capital

(Newser) - The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops...

Gadhafi Son's Sentence: Death
 Gadhafi Son's Sentence: Death 

Gadhafi Son's Sentence: Death

But it's unclear whether the militia holding Saif al-Islam will give him up

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's son has been sentenced to death in absentia today by a Tripoli court that found him guilty of war crimes during Libya's 2011 uprising. Saif al-Islam is being held by a militia, from the town of Zintan, that has refused to turn him over to the...

ISIS Affiliate's Tripoli Attack Killed Ex-Marine

Group says hotel hit was retaliation for al-Qaeda leader's death

(Newser) - More details are emerging in yesterday's deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli. Four or five gunmen are believed to have entered the Corinthia in the early morning, shouting "God is great" as they fired at guards and civilians. Ten people were killed, including American David Berry,...

Gunmen Hit Luxury Libya Hotel, Kill 8

ISIS claims credit; 5 foreigners, 3 guards reported dead

(Newser) - At least eight people are dead after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya popular with foreigners, reports the AP . ISIS (or at least a Twitter account linked to the group) has claimed credit for the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, reports the BBC . Details are still unfolding,...

Libyan Militia Parties at US Embassy Compound: Reports

Video shows alleged trespassers laughing, frolicking in pool

(Newser) - What happens in Tripoli, stays in Tripoli—except in this video, which purports to show Libyan militia members partying in the pool of an abandoned US Embassy residential compound. In the clip, fully clothed men gleefully leap into the pool from a balcony of the embassy's residential annex, which...

Tripoli Bombing Is 'Game-Changer' in Fight Against ISIS

Egypt, UAE teaming up for airstrikes is an Arab milestone: Quartz writer

(Newser) - Neither nation is admitting it exactly, but it seems that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates joined forces earlier this month to bomb sites held by Islamist militants inside Libya. This is actually a huge milestone in the Arab world, writes Bobby Ghosh at Quartz , and one that should cause...

US Evacuates Libya Embassy
 US Evacuates Libya Embassy 

US Evacuates Libya Embassy

US personnel leave Tripoli for Tunisia

(Newser) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya today and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, the State Department said. Officials blamed intensified fighting between rival militias. The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened...

47 Die in Battle for Libya Airport

Militias resume fighting after cease-fire talks fail

(Newser) - Clashes between rival militias fighting for control of the international airport in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 47 people over the past 24 hours, the country's health ministry says. The ministry says that the fighting, which resumed yesterday after cease-fire efforts failed, also left 120 people wounded, and...

7 Die in Battle for Libya's Main Airport

Flights canceled as rival militias clash

(Newser) - All flights to Libya's main international airport have been suspended while rival militias battle for control of the facility. In Tripoli's worst violence since November, at least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in battles between militia members from the Zintan region, who have controlled the...

US Now Ready to Evacuate Embassy in Tripoli

Country may be poised for civil war: Washington Post

(Newser) - Amid new violence in Libya , the US is considering evacuating its embassy in Tripoli, with the decision being made "minute by minute," an official tells CNN . Eight Osprey aircraft are now in place at a US naval base in Italy, ready to evacuate the embassy if needed; 200...

Things Got Ugly in Libya This Weekend

Khalifa Haftar-aligned militiamen stormed parliament yesterday

(Newser) - The Libyan government maintains that it is still in control after a weekend that saw its own parliament building stormed—though whether that is the case remains unclear, reports Reuters . What happened, and what's happening, in the tumultuous country:
  • Yesterday's attack on parliament: Loyalists of retired general Khalifa

Libya Parliament Moves to 5-Star Hotel After Attack

Protesters stormed parliament last night

(Newser) - After a deadly attack last night, Libya's parliament has relocated and will meet in a five-star Tripoli hotel. Tensions in the country have been high, with rival militias backing Prime Minister Ali Zidan and the Islamist factions in parliament that oppose him. Dozens of protesters stormed parliament yesterday, shooting...

Libya Detains 4 US Troops
 Libya Detains 4 US Troops 

Libya Detains 4 US Troops

They were looking into evacuation routes for diplomats; held 4 hours

(Newser) - Four US military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, say US officials. The exact circumstances remain unclear, but the four were operating in an area near the coastal city of Sabratha, about...

US Sends Marines to Italy as Libya Tensions Mount

US ambassador hauled in over al-Libi raid

(Newser) - The US' capture of Abu Anas al-Libi is turning into a full-blown diplomatic incident. Libya's government has summoned the US ambassador for questioning over what it terms the "kidnapping" of the alleged al-Qaeda operative, CNN reports. The US, meanwhile, sees the situation as perilous enough that it has...

US Nabs al-Qaeda Honcho in Libya Raid

Kerry: Terrorists 'can run but they can't hide'

(Newser) - US special forces captured a Libyan al-Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, seizing him outside his Tripoli home and whisking him out of the country. A Navy SEAL team that swam ashore hours earlier in Somalia engaged in a fierce firefight but failed...

UK Pulls Staffers From Libya Amid Unrest

Embassy stays open

(Newser) - Britain's Foreign Office says it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital in light of recent political unrest . Heavily armed militias have been besieging government buildings in Tripoli over the past month, blocking access to ministries to push their political demands. The Foreign Office...

Libya Car Bomb Hits French Embassy

Tripoli blast injures 2 guards

(Newser) - Two guards were injured when a car bomb exploded outside France's embassy in Tripoli this morning in the first such attack on a foreign mission in the Libyan capital since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi. French President Francois Hollande called the bombing an attack on "all countries in...

Borders Closed as Libya Braces for Anniversary

Many fear violence Islamists will target historic treasures

(Newser) - The start of the revolution that led to the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi will be commemorated in Libya on Sunday, and the country is bracing itself for what may come. Bloomberg reports that foreigners have been exiting Libya in anticipation; the borders with Egypt and Tunisia have been closed; and...

3 Car Bombs Kill 2 in Tripoli

Deadly blasts first of their kind since fall of Gadhafi

(Newser) - Three car bombs exploded in Tripoli today, killing at least two people, reports Reuters . The first bomb blew up near the interior ministry's administrative offices; when police arrived and began investigating, they found a second, unexploded bomb in the area. Shortly after, two more car bombs detonated at a...

Libya Retakes Tripoli Airport

Disgruntled militiamen stormed site with heavy machine guns

(Newser) - Libya's government has retaken control of the country's main airport from disgruntled militiamen who stormed the Tripoli site with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles today, Libya's interim leader said. In an interview with the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera, the head of the country's National Transitional...

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