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The demilitarised zone would include the oil-rich city of Sirte where Russian mercenaries are believed to hold growing influence.

Eastern Syria has been viewed as under Iran's sphere of interest, but the resource-rich region remains a lucrative area for Russia too.

US threatens to sanction Haftar over ties with Russia

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US threatens to sanction Haftar over ties with Russia

The US has threatened to sanction Khalifa Haftar over an oil blockade which they say is influenced by Russia.

US says photos show Russian arms supplies to Libya

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US says photos show Russian arms supplies to Libya

The Pentagon released satellite photographs that it said shows Russian-backed Wagner-supplied military equipment 'on the front lines' ...

Turkey, Russia say they seek lasting ceasefire in Libya

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Turkey, Russia say they seek lasting ceasefire in Libya

Moscow and Ankara have again encouraged Libya's rival factions to work towards a lasting ceasefire. Previous efforts by the two countries - ...

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Turkey sent 3,500 Syrian fighters to Libya -US report

The US Defence Department says that Turkey sent up to 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to fight for the Libyan government, while Russia sent thousands of mercenaries to General Khalifa Haftar

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US says EU mission on Libya arms not 'serious'

The US criticised an EU mission to enforce a UN arms embargo on sending weapons to war-torn Libya.

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Russian mercenaries planted land mines in Libya

The US military has accused Russia of sending mercenaries to fight in Libya.

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Sudanese protesters demand UAE apology for Libya mercenary recruitment

Hundreds of Sudanese protested outside the UAE embassy in Khartoum, accusing Abu Dhabi of luring them into fighting alongside Khalifa Haftar's ...

Libyan mufti orders Muslims to fight imminent 'Russian invasion'

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Libyan mufti orders Muslims to fight imminent 'Russian invasion'

Russians have "begun to penetrate cities, airports and oil fields, in order to gradually take control of Libyan lands and plunder its wealth," ...

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Libya's Haftar 'mobilising mercenaries' for key battle in Sirte

Haftar-allied foreign mercenaries are reportedly headed for Sirtre to take part in a key battle against government forces.

Sisi has no business drawing 'red lines' in Libya

Ahmed Sewehli

Sisi has no business drawing 'red lines' in Libya

Comment: Egypt's undemocratic aims and interference in Libya are unwelcome, writes Ahmed Sewehli.

Oil firm says Russian mercenaries enter key Libya field

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Oil firm says Russian mercenaries enter key Libya field

Russian and other foreign mercenaries drove into Libya's key Al-Sharara oil field.

Turkey and Russia to hold talks on Libya, Syria

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Turkey and Russia to hold talks on Libya, Syria

Russian officials will visit Turkey to discuss Syria and Libya.

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam ...

Paul Iddon

Russia's expanding military footprint in the Middle East

Over the last decade Russia has visibly expanded its military, economic and political influence in the Middle East.

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Libya's Sarraj declined Russia invitation, Erdogan reveals

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Libya's prime minister declined an invitation to meet the Russians in Moscow, as the conflict ...

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Erdogan reaches 'agreements' with Trump over Libya conflict

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he reached "some agreements" with US counterpart Donald Trump over Libya during telephone ...

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Russia 'hired' Syrians to fight in Libya, sources say

Russia reportedly hired hundreds of Syrian mercenaries to fight in Libya during an escalation of violence last month.

Libya government forces launch Sirte offensive, Haftar backs ceasefire

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Libya government forces launch Sirte offensive, Haftar backs ceasefire

Forces aligned with Libya's UN-recognised government said they launched an offensive for slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's hometown Sirte, as ...

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Libya's UN-recognised govt claims full control of Tripoli, suburbs

Libya's UN-recognised government says it has 'full control' of Tripoli and its suburbs.

US investigating Haftar's relationship with Venezuela

The New Arab

US investigating Haftar's relationship with Venezuela

A number of countries, including the US, are launching an investigation into Haftar's alleged recent actions in Venezuela.

UAE-backed Haftar's forces using internationally-banned landmines in Libya

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UAE-backed Haftar's forces using internationally-banned landmines in Libya

Pro-Haftar forces retreating from Tripoli last month laid internationally-banned landmines, posing a grave risk to civilians.

Syria tribes condemn Russia for recruiting members for Haftar

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Syria tribes condemn Russia for recruiting members for Haftar

Tribes in Syria have slammed Russia's Wagner military group for its efforts in luring young members to fight alongside General Khalifa ...

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