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Libya’s situation is getting worst in all magnitudes

Since Muammar Qaddafi was ousted in 2011, Libya has failed to attain stability. Former rebel brigades which once fought side by side have now turned on each other, aligning themselves with rival political factions in a scramble for control.

  • French military intervention in Libya within three months: diplomat

Asharq Al-AwsatFrance could undertake military intervention in Libya within the next three months, an Arab diplomatic source informed Asharq Al-Awsat as French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave the strongest indication yet that Paris is considering the move.

“I am ready to bet that this intervention will take place within three months,” the diplomat said.

  • ISIS kills 14 Libyan soldiers, official government says while fights between official government and rival governments.

Islamic State terrorists , have killed 14 Libyan soldiers in the south of the country, the official government said on Saturday (Of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni) (Source: Al-Arabiya).

In separate violence, forces loyal to the internationally recognized government staged air strikes on the port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group (Fajr Libya) that holds the capital Tripoli.

Both sides also fought with ground troops near the country’s biggest oil port, part of a struggle between forces loyal to two rival governments allied to former rebel groups that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now vie for power (Source: Reuters).

  • Tunisia, Niger find Libya chaos threatening

Neighbor countries as Tunisia and Niger are afraid  that the instability in Libya may threaten neighbor countries stability as well. (Source: Al-Arabiya)

Niger’s president urged for an international intervention to stave off any spillover coming from the conflict-torn state into its neighboring countries.
Tunisian premier Mehdi Jomaa told the Associated Press that the greatest threat to his country’s stability came from Libya on the eve of his official trips to France and the United States to discuss counter-terrorism cooperation.
  • Libya’s Catastrophic Oil Fires Were Visible From Space
Oil terminal fire
Oil terminal fire, Source: Public Domain

A massive oil fire that raged for days at Libya’s largest oil port after a stray rocket attack was visible from space. The fire started on Dec. 25 after a rocket hit an oil tanker in the port of Es Sider. The conflagration quickly spread to six oil tanks, creating a fire that burned for days and a plume of smoke that could clearly be seen from space.he fire started after an Islamist militia loyal to one of the two competing governments in Libya tried to seize control of the port.

Libya estimates that it lost about 850,000 barrels of oil because of the fire, which was reportedly extinguished on Friday after raging for several days. The country produced 580,000 barrels a day in November, according to Bloomberg.

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Après le soutien affiché des pays du G5 Sahel (Niger, Mauritanie, le Mali, Tchad et Burkina-Faso) à la tentative française de monter une coalition afin d’intervenir en Libye, c’est au tour du Caire et d’Alger d’exprimer leur réticence à ce projet.

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