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June 2014 - Libya Special Weapons News
- Libya militant leader pleads not guilty in Benghazi attack Iran Press TV 29 Jun 2014 -- A Libyan militant leader who has been charged with masterminding the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi has pleaded not guilty before a US court.
- Legal Process Begins for Benghazi Terror Suspect VOA 29 Jun 2014 -- The accused ringleader of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Saturday in a federal court in Washington.
- Official: U.S. Committed to Training Libyan Security ForceAFPS 26 Jun 2014 -- While Libya's unsteady politics and deteriorating security have complicated efforts, the United States remains committed to training the country's security forces, the Defense Department's assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs told a House panel yesterday.
- Libya: UN envoy hopes parliamentary polls will lead to greater political stability UN News Centre 25 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations envoy in Libya today commended the authorities on the organization of the parliamentary elections and urged all citizens to take part in the polls, which he hoped will pave the way for greater stability in the country.
- Violence, low turnout mar Libya parliamentary vote Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2014 -- Violence and a low turnout have overshadowed Libya's parliamentary elections, which people hope could end months of political chaos and growing unrest in the country.
- Security Council calls on Libyans to ensure peaceful holding of parliamentary polls UN News Centre 23 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties in Libya to ensure the free and fair holding of the parliamentary elections scheduled for 25 June, stressing that the polls are an important step in the country's democratic transition.
- US Mission to Nab Benghazi Suspect Draws Fire VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Libyan officials have condemned this week's U.S. operation that nabbed the alleged ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. As VOA's Aru Pande reports, after the 2011 U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the operation in Libya again raises questions of how far the United States can go to target terror suspects abroad.
- US: Benghazi Suspect Was Planning More Attacks VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The United States has told the U.N. Security Council that the suspected leader of the deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was planning to target more Americans.
- Benghazi Suspect Arrest Could Provide Valuable Information VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The capture of Libyan terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah could provide valuable information about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While viewed as a political victory for President Barack Obama, the volatile issue of how his administration handled the attack appears unlikely to go away anytime soon.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah DoD 17 Jun 2014
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 17 Jun 2014 -- Presenter: Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
- Libya: Ahmed Abu Khatallah US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2014
- Key Figure in Benghazi Attacks to Face U.S. Charges AFPS 17 Jun 2014 -- Following today's announcement of Ahmed Abu Khatallah's capture for his role in September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, the Defense Department announced he will be tried in a U.S. court.
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby DoD 17 Jun 2014 -- "I can confirm that on Sunday, June 15 the U.S. Military - in cooperation with law enforcement personnel - captured Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a key figure in the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012."
- Statement by the President on the Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khatallah The White House 17 Jun 2014
- US Captures Benghazi Attack Suspect VOA 17 Jun 2014 -- The United States says it has captured a key suspect in the 2012 assault on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.
- Libya: four killed, 14 wounded in fresh clashes in Benghazi VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- A renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, that left four people killed and 14 wounded, medical officials said on Sunday, according to Reuters. Dozens of families had to flee the port city in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation.
- Timely elections, political solutions to differences vital for Libya to move forward – Ban UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions to resolve differences, while stressing the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of legislative elections later this month.
- Recent political, security tensions threaten Libya's transition, warns UN envoy UN News Centre 09 Jun 2014 -- The recent turmoil in Libya has not only slowed the pace of important aspects of the democratic transition but threatens to thrust the North African nation back into conflict and instability, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.
- Libya: UN announces political initiative as concern deepens over violence in the east UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations' top envoy in Libya today announced an initiative to bring together some of the country's most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues, as the world Organization's human rights arm expressed deepening concern over the violence plaguing the east of the country, particularly the city of Benghazi.
- UN Says Violence, Abuses In Libya Getting Worse VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- United Nations human rights office has denounced worsening violence in the eastern part of Libya, especially in Benghazi, where it says killings, human rights abuses and other forms of repression are escalating at an alarming pace.
- Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal VOA 05 Jun 2014 -- Libya's Supreme Court says one of the country's two rival prime ministers, Ahmed Maitiq, was named 'illegally,' due to the absence of a quorum during the vote. In the country without a permanent constitution and a disputed parliament, the decision appears to leave caretaker Prime Minister Abdallah Thani in charge. But, Thani says no final decision will be made until Monday.
- Condemning worsening bloodshed in Libya, UN urges action on political, security fronts UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Citing aerial attacks, use of heavy weaponry and civilian casualties in Benghazi and elsewhere in eastern Libya, the United Nations today called for an end to the bloodshed and urged the country's officials to agree on precise means to counter terrorism and other challenges to security and state authority.
- Renegade Libyan General Survives Assassination Attempt VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar survived an assassination attempt at his residence in the eastern city of Benghazi, where he has been leading an offensive against Islamist militants.
- New Libyan PM Takes Office Under Police Escort VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Libya's new prime minister, Ahmed Maitiq, held his first official cabinet meeting Monday in Tripoli, after police helped him take over the office that his predecessor had refused to leave.
- Libya's Future Hangs on Rogue General's Moves VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- A rogue Libyan general who has pledged to rid the troubled North African state of Islamist militias claims his forces now control the majority of the eastern city of Benghazi following a weekend of fighting spilling into Monday leaving 15 dead and more than 40 wounded.
- Libyan Forces Battle Militiamen in Benghazi VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Libyan military forces loyal to former army chief of staff General Khalifa Hafter are battling militiamen from the al-Qaida-affiliated Ansar al Shariah group in Benghazi, with planes and helicopters bombing Ansar al Shariah positions. Libyan TV says 20 people are dead and more than 80 are wounded.
- Fierce fighting kills 18 in Libya's Benghazi VoR 02 Jun 2014 -- Fierce fighting between Islamists and a rogue Libyan general killed at least 18 people in Benghazi on Monday, triggering fears of an all-out war as hospitals urged citizens to donate blood. Officials at hospitals in the eastern city, the birthplace of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi, said at least 11 soldiers were among the dead and that 81 people were wounded.
- Jet bombs militant positions in Libya's Benghazi Iran Press TV 01 Jun 2014 -- Libyan officials say an air force jet has bombed militant-held positions in the eastern city of Benghazi, as part of an ongoing offensive by a renegade general.
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