Libya militia says arrests Al-Qaeda leaders

A Libyan militia has arrested a number of Al-Qaeda-linked extremist leaders in a raid near the capital Tripoli, the group said. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 July 2019

Libya militia says arrests Al-Qaeda leaders

  • The main target, an Algerian national fighting under the name “Al-Chaoui,” was rounded up along with several wanted Libyans
  • The dawn operation “in a suburb of Tripoli” on Wednesday led to the arrest of individuals “linked to attacks launched in the capital,”

TRIPOLI: A Libyan militia has arrested a number of Al-Qaeda-linked extremist leaders in a raid near the capital Tripoli, the group said.
The Misrata Joint Security Force carried out the raid against “wanted terrorists, classified as Al-Qaeda leaders,” the group linked to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord’s interior ministry said on Facebook late Wednesday.
The dawn operation “in a suburb of Tripoli” on Wednesday led to the arrest of individuals “linked to attacks launched in the capital,” it said.
The main target, an Algerian national fighting under the name “Al-Chaoui,” was rounded up along with several wanted Libyans, it added, without giving names or the total number arrested.
The force published a video of the raid, including footage of three people wearing blue uniforms with their hands bound.
It said it had also seized weapons, grenades, ammunition, documents and material used to produce explosives.
Libya has been gripped by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Extremists and people-traffickers have taken advantage of the unrest to gain a foothold in the North African country.
Rival administrations and multiple militias are now vying for power, with the Tripoli-based GNA that holds Libya’s west at odds with a parallel administration based in the country’s east and backed by strongman Khalifa Haftar.
Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on April 4 to take the capital, but his fighters have faced stiff resistance from GNA forces, including the powerful Misrata militia.
At least 1,000 people have been killed in the battle for Tripoli, according to the World Health Organization.


3 Iraqi protesters killed in clashes with security forces

Updated 23 min 46 sec ago

3 Iraqi protesters killed in clashes with security forces

  • The security and hospital officials said on Thursday that one protester was killed when security forces used live rounds to repel demonstrators from Ahrar Bridge

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say three anti-government protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces overnight in Baghdad.

The security and hospital officials said on Thursday that one protester was killed when security forces used live rounds to repel demonstrators from Ahrar Bridge.

The officials say the two other protesters were killed in clashes on the city’s Sinak Bridge, when security forces fired tear gas canisters to repel them.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Protesters have been occupying parts of Baghdad’s three main bridges — Sinak and Ahrar and Jumurhiya Bridg — leading to the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq’s government.