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European Union Military Operation in the Mediterranean

Council Decision: 03/2020

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EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EU)

Authorization date: 05/13

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United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UN-led)
Authorization date: 09/11

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Operation IRINI: Council appoints new Force Commanders (28.05.2020)

The Council today decided to appoint as EU Force Commander for the EU military naval operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED IRINI) Rear Admiral Ettore Socci from Italy, from 6 May 2020 until 18 October 2020. He will be followed by Commodore Theodoros Mikropoulos from Greece from 19 October...

Russia sent warplanes to back mercenaries in Libya: US military (26.05.2020)

Russia recently sent fighter jets to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for strongman Khalifa Haftar, the U.S. military command for Africa (Africom) said Tuesday, in a major escalation in the long-running conflict.

Haftar to begin air strikes against Turkish targets in Libya (21.05.2020)

Eastern commander Khalifa Haftar is reported to be about to begin a series of air strikes on Turkish targets in Libya after suffering a week of setbacks in his fight against the Ankara-backed government in Tripoli.

'Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity (20.05.2020)

The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Report of the Secretary-General on UNSMIL (14.05.2020)

[…] Following a relative reduction in fighting in the immediate aftermath of the truce of 12 January called for by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and Turkey and accepted by the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army, fighting gradually resumed. Both parties redeployed...

EU demands end to fighting in Libya (13.05.2020)

The EU on Tuesday demanded an end to fighting in Libya and said it was "determined" to enforce a UN arms embargo on the oil-rich but wartorn state.

Turkey warns Libya's Haftar of military escalation (10.05.2020)

The Turkish government said it would consider forces loyal to general Khalifa Haftar "legitimate targets" if they didn't stop attacks on diplomatic missions. The UN has warned that Haftar's may have committed war crimes.

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