Libya Situation Update: 18–20 January

  1. 18 JAN: Local fighters in Sorman clashed with suspected IS militants southwest of the city. The militants attacked a farm in Um Hashan, but failed to take control of the territory. (Afrigate)(al-Wasat)(al-Wasat)(Libya TV 24)
  2. 18 JAN: Ali Qatrani, Eastern Libya’s representative on the GNA Presidential Council, temporarily suspended his participation in the council citing the lack of support given to the LNA and concerns over representation for Eastern Libya. General Haftar met today with 13 eastern mayors that support the GNA. (Akhbar Libya 24)(Facebook)(Libya’s Channel)(al-Wasat)(al-Wasat)(Twitter)(Libya Herald)(al-Wasat)
  3. 18 JAN: LNA forces took control of the Flour Factory in the Sidi Faraj area of Benghazi. The factory is located near the border of the Buatni neighborhood and Sidi Faraj, a highly contested region. al-Saiqa forces also repelled a dawn attack on the Chocolate Factory in Laithi by suspected IS forces. (LNA Twitter)(al-Wasat)

4. 18 JAN: The Bayda Municipal Council released a statement expelling the House of Representatives, giving them 24 hours to vacate the city. (Libya’s Channel)(al-Wasat)

5. 19 JAN: Mahmoud Hatwish, a member of the Zintan Military Council, confirmed the signing of a reconciliation agreement between Zintan and Kikla. The Agreement allows for both parties to exchange prisoners, stop identity-based arrests, and for the withdrawal of Zintani forces from Kikla. Al-Motrid and Zawiya-based forces will oversee the implementation of the ceasefire. (Afrigate)(Libya Observer)

6. 19 JAN: The Presidential Council of the GNA announced ministerial appointments, simultaneously revealing that the number of ministries was increased to 32 in order to provide concessions to the HoR in order to secure their agreement. Council members Ali al-Qahtrani and Omar al-Aswad did not sign the agreement as they had previously suspended their membership in the Presidential Council. Two western members of the committee tasked with drafting the constitution have also resigned. (UNSMIL Statement)(ABC)(Libya Herald)(Libya Herald)(Libya Observer)(Twitter)(Twitter)(Twitter)(Twitter)(Twitter)

7. 20 JAN: Unconfirmed reports indicate that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sent an Iraqi commander, Abu Omar, to command IS forces in Libya. According to the report, which based on information from the head of military intelligence in Misrata, Abu Omar arrived in October 2015. (The Telegraph)

8. 20 JAN: An alleged IS “senior commander” Abu Mohamed al-Dernawi, was found dead with a gunshot wound in the head near Hawara, an IS controlled town 70km from Sirte. (al-Wasat)(al-Wasat)

9. 20 JAN: Forces from the 21 Border Guards Battalion, backed by local youths, raided a farm belonging to a member of the Ajdabiya Shura Council, al-Saadi al-Nawfali, southeast of the Sharouq Mosque in the Industrial District of Ajdabiya. The 21 Border Guard Forces confiscated a variety of weapons, ammunition, and explosive material and devices. (Akhbar Libya 24)

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    Welcome to Libya Security Monitor, a one-stop source for reporting on the Libyan Civil War and the security situation in the country. Follow us on Twitter at @LibyaSecMonitor

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