Egypt extradites 2 Qaddafi-era officials to Libya

Updated 26 March 2013
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Egypt extradites 2 Qaddafi-era officials to Libya

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday proceeded with the extradition to Libya of two former regime officials wanted on charges of corruption, a judicial source told AFP.
Former Libyan ambassador Ali Maria and and Mohammed Ibrahim, the brother of senior Qaddafi-era official Ahmed Ibrahim, were arrested in Cairo on March 19 along with Muammar Qaddafi’s cousin Ahmed Qaddaf Al-Dam.
The two men were taken to Cairo’s airport where they were handed over to a Libyan official who arrived in a private plane accompanied by three guards, the source said.
Qaddaf Al-Dam remains in Egyptian custody after the prosecutor general ordered him detained for 30 days pending investigations into “several charges.”
The Libyan prosecutor’s spokesman, Taha Baara, has told AFP that Tripoli had issued an international arrest warrant for Qaddaf Al-Dam for “forging documents” while the other two were wanted for “financial crimes.”
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a news conference in Tripoli last week that Qaddaf Al-Dam was among “several elements of the old regime” arrested in Cairo and were wanted in Libya for “hostile acts” against the uprising that toppled Qaddafi’s regime.


Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

Updated 20 July 2019
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Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

  • The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh
  • This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory”

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Daesh group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the Iraqis and the U.S-led international coalition.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi visited the operation room alongside the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Earlier this month, the Iraqi government moved to place the Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces. The move was believed to be an attempt to curb the powerful militias, particularly amid rising tension between Iran and the US, the power brokers in Iraq.
The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh and are a significant political force, with government ministers and 48 seats in the 329-member parliament.