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25 Apr 2019 | 2:57 PM

After Tripoli assault, Libya's next battle could be over banks

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eastern Libya commander Khalifa Haftar has thrown much of his military forces into attacking Tripoli, but the outcome of the offensive could be determined by a separate battle -- to keep open the parallel finance system that funds his soldiers.

24 Apr 2019 | 6:09 AM

Libyan forces push back Haftar's troops south of Tripoli - witnesses

HIRA, Libya/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Forces supporting Libya's internationally recognised government pushed back troops loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to more than 60 km (37 miles) southwest of the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday, Reuters reporters said.

23 Apr 2019 | 2:49 AM

Eastern Libyan forces plan to intensify Tripoli offensive

BENGHAZI, Libya/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan forces said on Monday they would intensify an assault on Tripoli, the capital in the west of the country that is held by the internationally recognised government, as the death toll in a battle now in its third week rose to 254.

22 Apr 2019 | 3:07 AM

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital - witnesses

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have pushed their eastern opponents back on parts of the frontline south of Tripoli, despite the attackers flying overnight air strikes on the capital, witnesses said on Sunday.

17 Apr 2019 | 9:52 PM

Shells kill seven in Tripoli neighbourhood as Haftar's two-week siege rages

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Shells slammed into a densely-populated district of Tripoli overnight, piling misery on civilians from a two-week assault by commander Khalifa Haftar's forces to take Libya's capital from an internationally-backed government.

16 Apr 2019 | 10:40 PM

Haftar's push for Libyan capital stirs international rifts

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Qatar called on Tuesday for a blocking of foreign arms supplies to eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar, whose push to seize the capital Tripoli is causing rifts around the Gulf and Europe.

16 Apr 2019 | 12:41 AM

Libya offensive stalls, but Haftar digs in given foreign sympathies

TRIPOLI/PARIS (Reuters) - Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's intended lightning seizure of Libya's capital has stalled, but he is unlikely to face real pressure from abroad to pull back as the arrival of hardline opponents bolsters his war cry against "terrorism".

12 Apr 2019 | 10:38 PM

Life goes on in Tripoli - but residents wonder for how long

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Life might look normal in most of the Libyan capital Tripoli - but with artillery blasts audible in much of the city as eastern LNA forces attack its southern fringe, there is tension everywhere.

12 Apr 2019 | 10:33 PM

East Libyan warplanes hit Tripoli government positions

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan forces bogged down in street battles in a push to seize the capital Tripoli deployed warplanes on Friday to hit several government positions, as more civilians fled fighting.

11 Apr 2019 | 11:59 PM

Tripoli forces take prisoners as EU demands Libya's Haftar to stop offensive

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - An offensive by eastern forces on the Libyan capital Tripoli stalled in the face of strong resistance on the southern outskirts on Thursday and the internationally recognized government said it had taken almost 200 prisoners.