International actors

Tracking developments of international actors in Libya’s security space including military activity, the presence of foreign operatives and diplomacy pertaining to Libya’s security.

Haftar welcomes Russian Deputy Minister of Defence in Benghazi

On 28 January, the Russian Deputy Minister of Defence (MoD) Yunus-bek Yevkurov once again arrived in Benghazi - where he was warmly welcomed - for talks with Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar. The main topic of the talks with Haftar and his staff was...

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US delegation meets with Haftar and western security officials

On 23 January, a US delegation comprising US Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Joshua Harris, and the US Charge d’Affaires to Libya Jeremy Berndt met with Libyan National Army...

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Sudanese air force strikes targets close to Libyan border

On 17 January, Sudanese media reported a series of intense airstrikes in North Darfur, ‘near the border with Libya’. The Sudanese Air Force struck several Rapid Support Forces (RSF) targets at El Zurug military base in the Kutum district in Northern Darfur. Several...

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UN PoE report highlights Sudan smuggling via Kufra

The UN Panel of Experts report on the Sudan (submitted to the UN Security Council on 13 January 2024) cited members of southern Libyan communities such as Tebu and Darfurian armed groups based in Libya saying that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) used a supply route to...

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UNSMIL facilitates security reform workshop

On 9 and 10 January, UNSMIL facilitated a workshop of members from the House of Representatives and High Council of State with military, security, and civil society actors, advancing security sector reform and governance in Libya.

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Chadian rebel group UFDD returns to Chad from southern Libya

On 2 January, at least 900 rebels from the Chadian ‘Union of Forces for Democracy and Development’ (Union des forces pour la démocratie et le développement; UFDD) returned to their home country from Libya on the basis of the Doha Peace Agreement (2022). They were...

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UNSMIL confirms Barghathi’s death in LNA custody

On 21 December, UNSMIL confirmed in a statement the death of former Government of National Accord (GNA) Minister of Defense Mahdi al-Barghathi and some of his companions in Libyan National Army (LNA) custody in Benghazi. UNSMIL expressed its concern over the death of...

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US meets with key actors to push for Bathily’s initiative

The US has held a flurry of meetings with key actors as part of the push for Bathily’s latest initiative to reach fruition. On 20 and 21 December, US Special Envoy Richard Norland and Charge d’Affaires Jeremy Berdnt meet separately with a raft of key players including...

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