New fighting for Libyan oil ports as UN tries to revive talks

Meanwhile: Ansar al Sharia Libya, an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group, released a series of pictures in late January that are intended to highlight its governance efforts near Benghazi. The organization gained international infamy after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the US Mission and Annex in the city. Ansar al Sharia fighters from both Benghazi and Derna participated in the raids, which left four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead.

The propaganda photos were posted on a Twitter feed maintained by Ansar al Sharia’s media arm, Al Raya Media. That feed was subsequently suspended by Twitter…

Feb 3 (Reuters) – New clashes erupted on Tuesday between rival factions fighting for control of Libya’s biggest oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, killing at least 10 people, the two sides said.

The fighting came a day after the United Nations said it was seeking a ceasefire to pave the way for a new round of peace talks between factions operating two opposing governments, nearly four years after Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow.

Libya’s internationally-recognised government under Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and the elected House of Representatives have been based in the east since a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli last summer, set up its own administration and reinstated the old parliament.

Troops loyal to the Tripoli government launched an offensive in December to try to take the eastern Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, which have had to shut down operations. Both sides had declared partial ceasefires last month, which had largely held, to give a U.N.-sponsored dialogue a chance…

And this too: Libyan troops try to block PM visit, may signal rift with government: (Reuters) – Troops loyal to a Libyan general tried to block internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni from visiting the eastern city of Benghazi at the weekend as he looked to show support for his soldiers battling Islamist groups.

Army members under the control of General Khalifa Haftar tried to deny Thinni’s plane permission to land on Sunday and later briefly halted his convoy during the visit, a minister and military officials said on Monday…

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