Ulf Laessing

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10 May 2019 | 1:49 PM

Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Fighters allied to Libya's U.N.-backed government posted selfies from a barracks one day last month to mark their progress in a battle for Tripoli.

6 May 2019 | 7:28 AM

Libya's Haftar orders troops to fight harder during Ramadan

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday was a month of holy war.

3 May 2019 | 8:55 PM

Beans or brioche - breakfast is divisive in Libyan conflict

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Coffee and a pastry covered in chocolate, honey and almonds or a savoury bean stew sandwich with juice or a fizzy drink.

3 May 2019 | 6:54 PM

Stalemate persists in Tripoli after overnight fighting, more civilians flee

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavy fighting raged overnight in the battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli, with neither faction able to secure gains on the frontlines as an offensive by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar entered its fifth week.

2 May 2019 | 11:38 PM

As assault grinds on, Tripoli lawmakers reject offensive by UAE ally

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Lawmakers loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government on Thursday denounced an attack on Tripoli by an ally of the United Arab Emirates and defended their record in fighting terrorism, after the Gulf state said "extremist militias" ruled the capital.

28 Apr 2019 | 6:47 AM

Air strike hits Tripoli as eastern Libyan forces send warship to oil port

TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Air strikes hit the Libyan capital late on Saturday as eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar pursued a three-week campaign to take Tripoli and also confirmed for the first time they had dispatched a warship to an oil port.

26 Apr 2019 | 10:31 PM

Exclusive - Libya's U.N.-backed government readies new war funding but hopes vital business to continue

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's U.N.-recognised government has budgeted up to 2 billion dinars (£1.1 billion) to cover costs of a three-week-old war for control of the capital, such as treatment for the wounded, to be funded without new borrowing, the economy minister said.

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.