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No Lone Wolf: Beach Killer In Five-Man Cell

No Lone Wolf: Beach Killer In Five-Man Cell

Tunisian mass murderer Seifeddine Rezgui was part of a five-man terror cell operating out of the ancient Islamic city of Kair…

  • APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen
    APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen 13 hours ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The student who massacred tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort trained in a jihadi camp in Libya at the same time as the two men who attacked a leading museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday, enforcing the notion of a link between the two assaults and raising fears of more attacks from an underground world clawing at this North African nation's budding democracy. More »

  • Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp - government
    Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp - government 16 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday. The death toll from the assault on the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel in the popular resort town of Sousse was revised down on Tuesday to 38 from a previously given 39. A spokesman for the prime minister said Saif Rezgui, who was killed by police following the rampage, was in Libya at the same time as two Tunisian gunmen who subsequently stormed the Tunis Bardo museum in March. More »

  • Tunisia says resort gunman was trained in Libya
    Tunisia says resort gunman was trained in Libya 17 hours ago

    The gunman who killed 38 tourists in Tunisia received weapons training from jihadists in Libya, a top official said Tuesday, as the president admitted security services were unprepared for the attack. More »

  • Tunisia hotel attack gunman trained in Libya - official 17 hours ago

    The Tunisian gunman who carried out the hotel attack last Friday that killed 38 people, mostly British tourists, trained in a jihadist camp in Libya at the end of last year, Tunisian prime minister's spokesman Dafer Neji said on Tuesday. Neji said investigations showed Saif Rezgui, a student who was shot by police during Friday's attack on the resort town of Sousse, was in Libya at the same time as the two Tunisian gunmen who attacked the Tunis Bardo museum in March. More »

  • 'IS spread' sowed seeds in Tunisia
    'IS spread' sowed seeds in Tunisia 18 hours ago

    The spread of Islamic State (IS) into Libya helped sow the seeds for the Tunisia beach attack, the Foreign Secretary has said. More »

  • Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty 19 hours ago

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country. The move comes two months after at least 30 Ethiopian migrants were shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Libya and after others have died while heading to Europe on rickety boats across the Mediterranean. The legislation, proposed by the Ministry of Justice, contains a range of penalties for trafficking and smuggling including fines of up to 500,000 birr ($7,500) and the death penalty in cases where victims suffer severe injury or death. More »

  • IS in Libya 'threatens neighbours'
    IS in Libya 'threatens neighbours' 19 hours ago

    The spread of Islamic State into the "ungoverned territory" of Libya helped sow the seeds for the atrocity which left up to 30 Britons dead at a Tunisian beach resort, Philip Hammond said. More »

  • 21 Libyan soldiers die in fighting with Islamists: medic
    21 Libyan soldiers die in fighting with Islamists: medic 21 hours ago

    Fighting raged between government forces and Islamists in eastern Libya on Tuesday, with 21 soldiers killed since the clashes broke out at the weekend, a medical official said. More »

  • Tunisian official says beach gunman trained in Libya, at the same time as museum … 21 hours ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian official says beach gunman trained in Libya, at the same time as museum attacker. More »

  • Tunisia arrests suspects associated with beach hotel attacker
    Tunisia arrests suspects associated with beach hotel attacker Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities have arrested a group of suspects associated with the gunman who killed 39 people, mainly British tourists, in a beach hotel attack claimed by Islamic State, the interior minister said on Monday. British interior minister Theresa May, and her French and German counterparts, visited the site of the attack near the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the resort town of Sousse, laying flowers on the beach. Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli gave no details of those arrested and said officials were checking whether gunman Saif Rezgui had been trained in neighbouring Libya in jihadist camps. More »

  • Italy begins to recover hundreds of migrant bodies from shipwreck Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's navy said on Monday it had begun to recover the bodies of up to 800 migrants from a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, a tragedy that prompted the European Union to expand sea rescue operations. The 20-metre fishing boat capsized and sank in April as it approached a merchant ship that had come to its aid. Three navy ships and remote-controlled submersibles have been used to take bodies from the sea bed near the shipwreck, which is about 135 km (85 miles) north of Libya at a depth of about 370 metres (1,214 ft), the navy said in a statement. More »

  • Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks
    Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Officials from Libya's rival parliaments sat at the same table for the first time on Sunday at the latest round of United Nations-backed peace talks in Morocco, a move negotiators saw as an important step to forming a unity government. Sixteen soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) were killed on Sunday in clashes with the Al-Qaeda-linked group Abu Salem Brigades, an army spokesman said. Libya has two governments and parliaments, with the internationally recognised government operating out of the country's east since an armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli and declared its own government last year. More »

  • Italy rescues thousands of migrants from smuggler boats
    Italy rescues thousands of migrants from smuggler boats Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Italian, Irish and UK ships rescue 2,900 migrants from 21 boats launched by smugglers in Mediterranean, north of Libya. More »

  • Unsolved mystery: Possible military aspects of Iran's atomic past Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - As nuclear talks with Iran approach a Tuesday deadline, some Western diplomats say questions about the country's atomic past ought to be resolved before sanctions can be lifted. Although Iran has not broken any terms of a 2013 interim deal, the U.N.'s nuclear agency has repeatedly asked Iran to cooperate faster with its investigation into possible military dimensions of the country's atomic programme. Below are the key unanswered questions raised by the IAEA, which mostly refer to activities that took place before 2003.     BACKGROUND     Iran acquired some enrichment knowledge from Pakistani nuclear engineer Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic weapons programme, who confessed to providing assistance to Libya, Iran and North Korea.     Some intelligence also came from a laptop smuggled out of Iran.     Iran says all of the alleged evidence is forged and dismisses any charges that it was attempting to develop nuclear weapons. More »

  • Tunisia to deploy hundreds of police inside hotels
    Tunisia to deploy hundreds of police inside hotels Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Government also confirms it will stop all Tunisian men below the age of 35 from travelling to Libya after Sousse attack. More »

  • Missing Clinton emails likely to raise new questions
    Missing Clinton emails likely to raise new questions Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said. More »

  • Libya talks at crucial stage over power-sharing deal Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRATE, Morocco (Reuters) - Libya's two main rival factions restarted U.N.-backed peace talks in Morocco on Friday with negotiations at a crucial stage over a power-sharing proposal that negotiators call the best chance for peace. Four years after an uprising ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Western and regional powers are pushing for an end to fighting between the two competing governments vying for control of the North African country and its oil. Nearly three weeks after U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon handed them a final draft, negotiating teams were in Morocco to hammer out amendments, even as hardliners on the ground kept fighting for a military victory. More »

  • Hillary Clinton's missing Libya e-mails: Do they add to 'trust' … Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Mrs. Clinton, who used a private server for both her work and personal e-mails, has claimed she submitted for review last year all the messages she found to be work-related, about 55,000 pages worth. The situation is again raising questions about the ethics of Clinton's use of a nongovernment server for work e-mails. More »

  • EU nixes migrant-quota plan. A sign of a deeper division within Europe? Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The European Union successfully agreed on a plan to relocate and resettle 60,000 asylum seekers across the bloc, but instead of a sign of solidarity, the agreement has created more bitter divisions. The EU’s immediate goal – to relieve Italy and Greece from the unprecedented pressure of migrants attempting to reach their shores from war-torn Libya – has been met in numerical terms. The plan agreed Friday at a summit in Brussels would relocate 40,000 Syrians and Eritreans currently in Greece and Italy. More »

  • Fifteen Libya Emails Missing From Clinton Cache
    Fifteen Libya Emails Missing From Clinton Cache Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The US State Department has said it cannot find 15 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that were released by a House of Representatives panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi. The emails, which all pre-date the 11 September attack on the US diplomatic compound, contain intelligence reports passed to Mrs Clinton by her long-time adviser Sidney Blumenthal, officials have said. Several previously undisclosed emails were handed over to the State Department by Mr Blumenthal, which revealed it did not have a complete record from Mrs Clinton's time in office as Secretary of State. More »

  • State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache
    State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. More »

  • US State Dept.: 15 emails missing from Clinton cache Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House of Representatives panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Libya rivals back in Morocco for fresh peace talks
    Libya rivals back in Morocco for fresh peace talks Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Libya's warring factions arrived Thursday in Morocco for a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks aimed at putting an end to months of fighting in the stricken North African state. More »

  • Libya says to discuss EU plan on migrants, sovereignty a "red line&quo … Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Libya's internationally recognised government said on Thursday it will send a delegation to discuss with European Union authorities proposals for controlling migrant smuggling, saying its territorial sovereignty was a "red line" in any operation. With two rival governments and their armed factions battling for control, the North African state is in chaos and has no real naval force to tackle an increasing flow of illegal migrants smuggled from its coast to Europe. EU ministers on Monday approved a naval operation to try to halt the stream of migrants, though it will be limited for the moment to intelligence gathering because it has no authorisation from the United Nations. More »

  • Libya's elected parliament backs U.N. peace plan, with amendments Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Libya's elected parliament has voted to stay in United Nations peace talks after calling for amendments to a proposed power-sharing deal aimed at ending the conflict between the country's two rival governments. Western governments are pushing the two factions to agree to the U.N. deal as the only way to end a crisis that threatens to split the North African OPEC state four years after an uprising ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi. An internationally recognised government and elected House of Representatives operates in the east while a self-declared government and the re-instated former parliament known as the General National Congress or GNC holds the capital Tripoli. More »

  • Libya's air force warns Europe over naval plan for migrants
    Libya's air force warns Europe over naval plan for migrants Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The air force commander of Libya's internationally recognised government has warned European countries that any vessels entering Libyan waters without permission would be targeted by air strikes. The warning came after European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a naval operation to combat people-traffickers who have brought thousands of migrants on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Securing consent from Libya, where two rival governments and their armed forces are battling for control, has been a major concern for European powers trying to stem an increasing flow of migrants from Libya's shores. More »

  • Drone strike on Islamic State in Iraq kills Benghazi suspect, US says Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The United States has killed an Islamic State militant suspected of taking part in the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon said Monday. Ali Awni al-Harzi, a mid-level IS operative, was killed in a US drone strike last week in Iraq, the Pentagon said. Pentagon officials say his death will degrade the militant group’s ability to recruit new fighters from the region. More »

  • Danish ship rescues more than 200 migrants off Libyan coast Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    A refined product tanker owned by Danish shipping company Torm rescued more than 200 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday and took them to Italy at the request of the Italian coastguard, the company said. The tanker picked up 222 migrants from two distressed boats off Zawiya, a coastal region west of Tripoli, and deposited them at Port Reggio Calabria, on the southern tip of mainland Italy, on Monday, the company said. Migrant rescues by commercial boats are increasingly common in Mediterranean waters as more and more people leaving the Middle East and Africa try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe this year, often on unsafe vessels. More »

  • US says IS suspect in Benghazi attack killed in airstrike
    US says IS suspect in Benghazi attack killed in airstrike Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Islamic State operative suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday. More »

  • U.S. air strike in Iraq kills IS fighter linked to Benghazi attack -Pentago … Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A U.S. air strike on Mosul, Iraq, killed an Islamic State fighter linked to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon said on Monday. The June 15 air strike killed Ali Awni al-Harzi, whom the Pentagon said was a "person of interest" in the Benghazi attack, which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. More »

  • House panel on Benghazi attack releases more emails Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received hundreds of pages of emails about Libya from a longtime confidant, including both publicly available and unconfirmed material from sources about the cause of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans. More »

  • Desperate Migrants 'Routinely Beaten' By Guards
    Desperate Migrants 'Routinely Beaten' By Guards Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Sky News has uncovered evidence of beatings and poor treatment inside overcrowded detention centres which are housing thousands of migrants moving through Libya to try to get to Europe. Several of the migrants told us of repeated physical violence against them as their guards struggled to control the huge numbers. The system is at breaking point in a divided Libya with warring political factions and multiple militias. More »

  • Tripoli forces hit Islamic State in Libya with air strikes
    Tripoli forces hit Islamic State in Libya with air strikes Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's self-declared government in control of the capital Tripoli has launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters in the city of Sirte, officials and witnesses said on Monday. Fighters allied to Islamic State commanders in Iraq and Syria have been gaining ground in Libya, where two rival governments are battling for control and militants have taken advantage of the security vacuum. Islamic State has gained ground in cities like Sirte and Derna to the east, challenging local armed groups and government forces alike. More »

  • Car bomb kills four troops near Libya's Benghazi - source Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded near Libyan army frontlines just west of Benghazi city on Monday, killing at least four troops and wounding 20 more as part of an Islamist militant assault, a military source said. For a year, Benghazi has been the centre of fighting between forces allied with Libya's internationally recognized government and various Islamist militant groups. It is one of the frontlines in the North African state's multi-sided conflict. (Reporting by Ayman Al-Warfalli; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Hugh Lawson) More »

  • EU launches operation against migrant smugglers
    EU launches operation against migrant smugglers Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    By Adrian Croft LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to launch a naval operation against gangs smuggling migrants to Europe from Libya, although the mission will be limited to intelligence-gathering for now due to lack of U.N. authority. The operation is part of a stepped-up European response to a surge of migrants from Africa and the Middle East making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe. It is part of our effort to save lives," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Luxembourg where the foreign ministers were meeting. More »