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Libya Air Force Hits Militia-Controlled Tripoli Airport

Warplanes of the internationally recognized Libyan air force struck Tripoli's militia-controlled Mitiga airport Tuesday without causing any casualties, both sides said.

It was the latest in a series of raids carried out in recent months by forces loyal to controversial anti-Islamist general Khalifa Haftar, who was named head of the government's armed forces on Monday.

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Libya Parliament Votes to Return to U.N.-brokered Talks

Libya's internationally recognized parliament voted on Monday to return to U.N.-brokered talks on the future of the crisis-hit country, a week after suspending its participation, a lawmaker said.

The motion to resume the negotiations was adopted at the end of a meeting between members of parliament and the U.N.'s special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, the lawmaker Abu Bakr Beira told Agence France-Presse.

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Anti-Islamist General Named Libya Army Chief

A once-retired general leading a sweeping offensive against Islamists has been named Libyan army chief, an official said Monday, in a move expected to deepen divisions in the conflict-riven country.

"I've chosen Major General Khalifa Belgacem Haftar for the post of commander-in-chief of the army after promoting him to the rank of lieutenant general," Aguila Salah, the speaker of the internationally recognized parliament, told Agence France-Presse.

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Libya Warns of more Air Strikes with Egypt against IS

Libya's internationally recognized premier threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the Islamic State group in his country, warning Friday that the jihadists were poised to widen their presence there.

Abdullah al-Thani was referring to February 16 air strikes on the IS stronghold of Derna after the group released a video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians, mostly Egyptians.

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More than 25,000 Egyptians Flee Libya after Beheadings

More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighboring Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Egypt carried out air strikes against jihadist targets in Libya on February 16 in retaliation for the executions of the 21 Copts and urged its large expatriate workforce to head home for their own safety.

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U.S. Christians Back Emerging Private War on Iraq Jihadists

After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit.

VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Moammar Gadhafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment -- training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.

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Body of Female Libya Activist Found in Car Trunk

The body of a female civil society activist was found stuffed in the trunk of a car in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, a security source said.

The corpse of Intissar al-Hassaeri was discovered in Tripoli along with that of her aunt "hours after their disappearance" on Monday night, the source told Agence France-Presse.

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Libya Lawmakers 'Create Army Chief Post for Haftar'

Libya's internationally recognized parliament created a new army chief post on Tuesday, with a lawmaker and state media saying the job will go to a once retired general fighting to eradicate Islamist forces.

"The chamber (of deputies) adopted today a law regarding the general leadership of the Libyan army," calling on parliament speaker Aguila Salah Issa to name a chief, MP Issa al-Aribi told Agence France-Presse.

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Libya Political Deal Won't Defeat 'Terrorism', Says Egypt

Egypt said Tuesday a political accord in Libya would not be enough to tackle the jihadist threat in the country, after Western states balked at military intervention following Egyptian air strikes.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry's comment came a day after the internationally recognized parliament in east Libya announced a suspension of its participation in UN-brokered negotiations between Libya's warring rival administrations.

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15,000 Egyptians Flee Libya after Warning

Almost 15,000 Egyptians have flocked home from war-torn Libya via the border crossing at Sallum, state media reported Monday, after Islamic State group jihadists murdered 21 Coptic Christians.

Last week Egyptian and Libyan warplanes hit IS targets inside Libya after the jihadists released a gruesome video on February 15 showing the Christians, 20 of them Egyptian, being beheaded.

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