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East Libyan forces advance rapidly to retake key oil ports

BENGHAZI, Libya/VIENNA East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, where the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said he hoped operations would resume in a "couple of days".

Fighting resumes near Libya's Ras Lanuf oil port after LNA advance

BENGHAZI, Libya Fighting resumed on Thursday around Libya's Ras Lanuf oil port after forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said they had taken full control of the area, a military source said.

World, 8:04am EDT

East Libya forces in full control at Ras Lanuf oil port: spokesman

BENGHAZI, Libya East Libyan forces took full control of Ras Lanuf oil terminal and the surrounding area on Thursday as they rapidly advanced against rivals who seized the port a week ago, a spokesman said.

World, 5:22am EDT

Suicide bomber kills 4 east Libyan security force members: spokesman

BENGHAZI, Libya Four members of east Libyan security forces were killed in the city of Derna on Wednesday by a suicide bomber bearing a white flag as he drove towards a group of soldiers, a military spokesman said.

World, United Nations Jun 20 2018

Exclusive: Sanctioned Libya coastguard commander says hits migrants to protect them

BENGHAZI, Libya A Libyan coastguard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged human trafficking and migrant smuggling said he hits migrants but does so for their own safety to prevent them from capsizing.

World, United Nations, Jun 19 2018

Libya's coast guard recovers five bodies from migrant boat

TRIPOLI Libyan coastguards said on Monday they had recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked 191 survivors off the coast west of the capital Tripoli.

World, Jun 19 2018

Second fire shrinks storage capacity amid fighting at Libyan oil ports

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World, Jun 18 2018

Attack shuts major Libyan oil ports, slashing production

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated on Thursday after armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar stormed them, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd).

World, Jun 14 2018

U.S. air strike in Libya kills member of al Qaeda affiliate: military

WASHINGTON U.S. forces working in coordination with the Libyan government carried out an air strike against an al Qaeda affiliate group southeast of Bani Walid this week, killing one fighter, U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.

World, Jun 14 2018

Forces under Libya's Haftar say they're close to taking final eastern holdout

DERNA, Libya On the front lines of their campaign to take the coastal city of Derna, forces under Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar say they face just a few dozen "remnant" fighters who have deployed snipers and planted explosives to stave off inevitable defeat.

World, United Nations, Jun 14 2018