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Oct 24 2017
Mustafa Sanallah, David Cameron and Ali Zeidan, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Libya. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 431 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 723 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Mustafa Sanallah is: “Unless oil assets are taken off the table as an object of conflict, unless the oil industry is ring-fenced from our political conflict, then the possibility of more fighting remains.”.
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Emily Estelle

Libya's competing factions will continue to prioritise their interests over the counter-Isil fight, allowing Isil and other Salafi-jihadi groups to operate freely. These groups will in turn preserve their safe havens and destabilise Libya even further.feedback

Heidi Allen

100 percent unacceptable from anyone, let alone foreign sec. Boris must be sacked for this. He does not represent my party.feedback

Boris Johnson

I look at Libya, it's an incredible country. That's why Britain is playing a key role in reconstruction and why I have visited Libya twice this year in support.feedback

Boris Johnson

I look at Libya, it's an incredible country. Bone white sands, beautiful sea, Caesar's Palace, obviously, you know, the real one. Incredible place. It's got a real potential and brilliant young people who want to do all sorts of tech.feedback

Damian Green

I think we all need to be very careful in our choice of language and Boris explained in a series of tweets afterwards the complexity of the situation in Libya, that the bodies he was referring to are often Daesh fighters who have been booby-trapped. We should all be careful in our language in relation to sensitive and difficult situations like Libya … including Boris.feedback

Emily Thornberry

For Boris Johnson to treat those deaths as a joke – a mere inconvenience before UK business people can turn the city into a beach resort – is unbelievably crass, callous and cruel. If these words came from the business people themselves, it would be considered offensive enough, but for them to come from the foreign secretary is simply a disgrace.feedback

Moses Mulumba

Civil society organisations should put pressure on the state to have a deep look into this.feedback

Lauren P. Blanchard

Chad is very important in figuring out movement between ISIS elements in Libya and Nigeria–they have to go through Chad or Niger.feedback

Marco Minniti

I think fear is the crucial element of the next 10 years in democracy. In Italy and all the world.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

Exempt members Libya and Nigeria may be bought into the fold of the production cut deal. There also remains the possibility that an extension of the agreement or an increase in the cuts may be announced.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva Conventions.feedback

Abu Baara al-Ansari

They consider Libya to be the main entrance to Europe.feedback

Mario Giro

I can't speak for others, but I would rule it out. Why did the flow of migrants stop? The real question is, Has it really stopped?feedback

Mohamed Eljarh

I don't think they would give up on huge amounts of cash just like that. Without money, these groups don't have power in their areas.feedback

Mario Giro

We approached the issue slowly, slowly, Italian style. We spoke to everyone.feedback

Tarek Shanbour - United Nations

We met the Italians today, and we expect to get 200 million euros, which we will distribute according to our needs.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

That is a very powerful tool and it has been used in the past. We hope China will not reject that.feedback

Andres Anvelt

We'll have a discussion about how to have this success story going on.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

We also need to redouble our efforts to provide assistance to the migrants stranded in Libya and .... exposed to unacceptable, inhumane treatment and human rights violations.feedback

Thomas De Maiziere

I'm happy that the number of people sent across the Mediterranean by the smugglers to Italy has really fallen in the last two months ... These developments need to be carried on. We really need to work to ensure that many people simply do not make the trip across the desert to Libya. The neighbourhood policy with Africa is very important for a sustainable decline in migrants coming to Italy.feedback

Francisco Gentico

We have this woman, she says she was nine months pregnant. And when she was onboard she started having labour, so I don't know how you say it, break water? She started the labour. And after ten minutes of labour the baby was born but there was no crying so we had to do reanimation for about fifteen, twenty minutes. It was really hard because we thought she was dying and finally and luckily she's alive and beautiful.feedback

Francesco Pigliaru

The landings are having a serious impact on our network of reception centres and are causing considerable social alarm among the population.feedback

Regina Catrambone

At present, there are too many questions without an answer, and too many doubts about those trapped or forced back to Libya. The horrific tales of those who survive depict a nightmare of abuse, violence, torture, kidnapping and extortion. MOAS does not want to become part of a scenario where no one pays attention to the people who deserve protection, instead only focusing on preventing them from arriving on European shores with no consideration of their fate when trapped on the other side of the sea. As I write, there is a deadly exodus unfolding on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar.feedback

Regina Catrambone

In light of increasing instability in the Mediterranean Sea and our determination to continue our humanitarian operations, we have taken the decision that the MOAS flagship vessel, the Phoenix, will be redeployed for its second mission in the Bay of Bengal.feedback

Jeff Crisp

Then departures from Libya began to attract attention.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

Certainly the Turkey deal is seen as a precedent to be followed by several European governments. We have to consider that there is no 'one size fits all' approach and we cannot apply past experiences to a situation like the current situation in Libya for example. Libya is in a situation of widespread human rights violations, affecting all parts of the population but particularly refugees and migrants.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

We have documented a host of human rights violations committed by those agencies, and particularly the Libyan coast guard, that have been enlisted by the European governments to take control of the central Mediterranean. Right now there are people who have been taken back to Libya, after being intercepted by the Libyan coastguard, and we don't know what is going to happen to them. We're talking about men, women and children who are most likely being detained in the infamous detention centres of Libya, where they are exposed routinely to torture and rape.feedback

Andy Burnham

I have grave concerns about reports that a trial may take place in Libya connected with the atrocious attack at the Manchester Arena in May. This was an appalling attack on our city and any trial conducted thousands of miles from Manchester would in no way represent justice for all those who have been affected. It is essential that any trial connected to the attack, particularly if it involves a UK citizen, takes place in the UK under British law. I am today calling on the prime minister and the government to do everything within their power to make sure that this is what happens.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We must all act together, from the source countries to Europe and passing through the transit countries, especially Libya, to be efficient. It's a challenge as much for the EU as for the African Union. It's with this in mind that we had this meeting.feedback

Daniel M. Renaud

Effectively [sic] immediately and until additional guidance is received, you may not take final action on any petition or application where the applicant is a citizen or national of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya.feedback

Leonard Doyle

On what possible grounds can you show these poor, vulnerable people?feedback

Leonard Doyle

Now that you're reaching people, you actually have a responsibility to inform them that not everyone they meet on Facebook is their friend.feedback

Boris Johnson

Unless and until this country has a functioning and unifying government, Libyans will continue to suffer grievously. Without a political solution this country will still be the front line – our front line – in the struggle against illegal migration and terror.feedback

Boris Johnson

In Libya today there are three guns for every human – but there is no single source of law or authority, let alone power. There are two central banks, two rival parliaments, three prime ministers and up to four governments. And, of course, there are umpteen militias vying with the Libyan National Army for control of the vast and lawless beige spaces on the map. And in those lawless territories we are seeing the breeding-grounds of terrorists and people smugglers – the criminals whose activities have had such an impact on western Europe.feedback

Aaron Stein

This was [the case with] Libya, Iraq, Iraq again, Syria … this complicates U.S. planning and drives down trust between CENTCOM and the Turkish government.feedback

Albert Bitoden Yaka

Only 12 people survived, the rest all died before our eyes, among them children and women. I swam and caught the boat, until the next day fishermen came and saw us. They went back and brought help. We were crying, they went back, people came with a boat. I was in sea for one day until 11am. I didn't know Libya was also fighting.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

Sentiment towards oil remains bearish amid oversupply fears and the possible threat of OPEC's supply cut deal falling apart.feedback

Saleh el-Marghani

There has been a powerful smear campaign against Mr Zedan as well as unclear allegations of corruption or squandering of public money. The presence of Zeidan in Tripoli may have been too much for the uncontrollable militias to stomach.feedback

Flavio Di Giacomo

They said that it was very difficult to depart from Sabratha. There are people stopping the boats before they set out, and if they get out to sea they're immediately sent back.feedback

Mark Micallef

I'm still trying to explain it. If you look at arrival statistics historically, they should be hitting a peak now in July and August. But instead we're seeing a dramatic drop. From where I'm standing, something is happening onshore rather than offshore.feedback

Marco Minniti

It was important to intervene on the other side of the Mediterranean and we have focused on Libya. It seemed difficult, but it now appears that something is moving.feedback

Marco Minniti

We are still under the tunnel, it's a long tunnel, but I start seeing the light at the end of it.feedback

Marco Minniti

A democratic country (like Italy) does not chase migrants flows, but governs them ... ungoverned flows threaten a country's democracy. Italy is not retreating but remains firmly committed to rescues at sea.feedback

Gabriele Eminente

A very practical risk is that we could receive a call from a self-appointed rescue coordination centre in Libya to bring the people back. This from our point of view does not respect international law because it is evident that Libya is not a safe port. And we would be obliged to comply, even though its not a situation we'd like to find ourselves in.feedback

Buba Fubareh

People are talking about going to Spain. It seems like it is safer to go through Morocco to Spain than through Libya. The difference is that Libya doesn't have a president and Morocco does – there are not guns like in Libya.feedback

Penny Lawrence - Oxfam GB

Outsourcing the policing of our borders to Libya isn't the solution.feedback

Ole Hansen - Saxo Bank

Support is coming from a stabilizing U.S. rig count, falling U.S. inventories and the Saudi cut in exports. But against this we still have robust production growth from the United States, Libya and Nigeria.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

Assuming that nothing comes from OPEC/Non-OPEC's technical meeting in Abu Dhabi today, oils near term fate will most likely be determined by the official U.S. Department of Energy inventory data tomorrow evening Asia time.feedback

Mary Beard

Even in the case of Septimius Severus, the first Roman emperor from Africa (Libya), we don't actually know the colour of his skin, how far he was 'native', how far the descendent of Italian settler. The same goes for Quintus Lollius Urbicus, often claimed to be Berber, which he may well have been, but it isn't certain.feedback

Yousef al-Otaiba

What we want in Libya is a stable, secular government. It's the same thing we want in Syria; it's the same thing we want in Yemen. Secular.feedback

Roberta Pinotti

(We will) provide logistical, technical and operational support for Libyan naval vessels, helping them and supporting them in shared and coordinated actions. There will be no harm done or slight given to Libyan sovereignty, because, if anything, our aim is to strengthen Libyan sovereignty.feedback

Harry Tchilinguirian - BNP Paribas

The simple truth is that OPEC and Russia have to contend with the fact that there is output growth elsewhere diluting their efforts at reducing supply. Nigeria, Libya and U.S. shale oil feature prominently as an offset to OPEC's efforts.feedback

Guo Yu - Verisk Maplecroft

We see in Libya and Iraq countries who gave up their WMD programs, and foreign power campaigns that led to a regime change. To safeguard against that, North Korea (is) firmly in the belief that they need to have credible nuclear deterrent, and they believe that as a sovereign country they have the right to do so.feedback

Fanny Plancon

Sometimes they've experienced violence in Libya, journeys across the Mediterranean which have been difficult. And they say what they've been through in Calais is the worst experience.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

For those who are persecuted, for freedom fighters … they must be welcomed on our territory. Letting them wander from border to border, that is not what France is about. No country can take in all the economic migrants. I want emergency shelters everywhere. I don't want women and men in the street.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

It is very relevant news in the fight against human trafficking in Libya, if we respond positively. I believe this is necessary.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The idea is to create hotspots in Libya to avoid people taking crazy risks when they are not all eligible for asylum. We'll go to them.feedback

Judith Sunderland

It carries the risk of human rights abuses and loss of dignity for the people involved.feedback

Alexander Novak

I think that these countries should join other responsible oil producers and contribute to the market stabilisation initiative, as they reach a stable level of output. We believe that once oil output in Libya and Nigeria stabilises, there will be less uncertainty on the market as to their future moves.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This process is essential for the whole of Europe, because if we don't succeed, the terror risk and the migratory consequences that such a failure would produce, would have direct consequences for our countries.feedback

Kaname Gokon - Okato Shoji

The committee may issue a statement on cooperation in production cuts, but output cuts by Libya and Nigeria would be next to impossible considering Libya was just re-emerging from the civil war, for example.feedback

Frank Schallenberger - Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg

I don't really think the meeting will result in further output cuts. And Libya and Nigeria won't bee too enthusiastic to cap their production.feedback

Daniel Gerber

OPEC-14 supply is expected to exceed 33 million bpd in July which represents an increase of 145,000 bpd over June, driven by higher supply in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Nigeria. July volumes represent an increase of more than 600,000 bpd over the first-half 2017 average.feedback

Fawad Razaqzada - Forex.com

Over the past 15 weeks, U.S. oil inventories have fallen ... 13 times, and in most cases, the falls were more pronounced than expected. Yet, U.S. crude oil inventories still remain near the upper half of the average for this time of the year.feedback

Joseph McMonigle

Crude draws in the US now are critical to Opec's plan and can't come soon enough with production increases in Libya and continued expansion in US shale. Ecuador's decision just increases the pressure on Opec.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

It is thanks to their work south of Libya, namely Niger, that we have now the lowest point of access into Libya from Niger. Its also thanks to the cooperation of the authorities in Niger and the local authorities.feedback

Carlotta Sami - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Basically, in Italy we need more solidarity from the rest of the European Union. In Libya we need more stability, but we also need, across all of Africa, better investment in order to help people (there).feedback

Joe Sestak

Every team has now gotten through, whether it's Iran, Libya, and even after the reinstitution of the executive order on travel, we still got Yemen and Syrian refugees through.feedback

Rob MacGillivray - Save the Children

Activities of far-right groups planning to disrupt search-and-rescue operations aimed at saving lives are deeply concerning. They ignore the moral and legal obligation to save lives at sea.feedback

Rob MacGillivray - Save the Children

Without NGOs and other search-and-rescue actors, many more lives, like the men, women and children we have rescued, would be lost. These activists wish to disrupt efforts to bring these people to safety.feedback

Rob MacGillivray - Save the Children

2016 was the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean, with more than 5,000 deaths at sea and 2017 could be worse still. As things stand, the Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest unmarked mass graves in recent times. As a humanitarian organisation, our mission is to save lives and we go where children face the greatest risks.feedback

Joe Walker-Cousins

Picking up migrants in the water incentivises traffickers not even to intend to try to get their cargo to the other side of the sea, because all they need to do is get them out 100 kilometres (60 miles) or so and they will be picked up.feedback

Spencer Welch

Libya and Nigeria were given a free pass when the deal started in Jan 2017 because civil unrest meant their production was significantly down on what they have historically achieved. Both were also given a free pass for the roll-over of the deal through to end 1Q 2018, it was always a big risk that either or both would find a way of increasing production.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

In North Korea at least, everything is organized around the fear that they will be invaded, and that Kim Jong Un will end up like Muammar Qaddafi in Libya or Saddam Hussein in Iraq. It's easy to see how things could get out of hand in a hurry.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

The current situation with the Libyan coast guard is absolutely outrageous. It is unconscionable that the EU operations would allow certain rescue operations, which we know is inadequate, and trust that with people's lives. We have seen the Libyan coast guard misuse firearms, we know they are not adequately trained. Libya is going back to unlawful detention centers where they are facing torture, rape and other unthinkable abuses.feedback

Khalifa Haftar

Starting from today, Benghazi will enter a new era of security, peace, reconciliation, harmony… reconstruction and a return to homes.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

The current situation with the Libyan coast guard is absolutely outrageous. It is unconscionable that the EU ... would allow certain rescue operations that we know are inadequate and trust that with people's lives.feedback

Khalifa Haftar

Your armed forces declare to you the liberation of Benghazi from terrorism, a full liberation and a victory of dignity. Benghazi has entered into a new era of safety and peace.feedback

John Nilsson-Wright - Chatham House

They learned their lesson from Libya and Iraq that the sure-fire way to prevent an attack is to have weapons of mass destruction, rather than just bragging about it.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The focus of our efforts has to be on solidarity – with those fleeing war and persecution and with our Member States under the most pressure. At the same time, we need to act, in support of Libya, to fight smugglers and enhance border control to reduce the number of people taking hazardous journeys to Europe.feedback

Rob MacGillivray - Save the Children

Simply pushing desperate people back to Libya, which many describe as hell, is not a solution.feedback

Matthew Jury - Mccue & Partners

The DUP has assured us that the issue of compensation for the variety of victims of Libyan sponsored IRA terrorism throughout the UK is very much on the agenda for the Government/DUP Coordination Committee, and that discussions on how to achieve a resolution with Libya will now be taken forward at a ministerial level. This is a promising development which we hope will mean that, after decades of being ignored by successive governments, justice may finally be done.feedback

Jeffrey Donaldson

We have secured a commitment from the Government to convene a further meeting involving the relevant Minister(s) to discuss how we might take the matter forward, including on the issue of frozen Libyan assets in the UK. We are establishing a Coordination Committee between our two parties that will enable this type of issue to be addressed at Ministerial level. We remain committed to supporting the wider campaign by innocent victims to secure recompense and reparation from Libya and will seek to use our influence to secure a positive outcome.feedback

Carsten Fritsch - Commerzbank

The rise in OPEC production will further delay the point at which balance is restored on the oil market.feedback

William Novick

The staff is gone. The maintenance of the hospital is low. I've found that the situation has very much deteriorated since 2012.feedback

David Fyfe - International Energy Agency

That arithmetic ought to persuade Opec and Russia of the value of sticking with it, maybe cutting sufficient extra barrels to offset Libya and Nigeria increases and reaping the reward of higher overall 2017 revenues. But the politics of apportioning further cuts will get messy.feedback

Johanna Konta

My grandfather passed away before I was born. I did know about him, little bits here and there, from my mum. His football career wasn't as long as I think he would have wanted it to be, because of injury, but he became a very good coach after, so my mum moved quite a lot with him [ Ghana, Libya and Iran]. Also my mum's grandfather, he was a very good jockey, he travelled the world for years, actually lived in Jersey, and his stuff is in a museum in New York.feedback

Miswin Mahesh - Barclays

(The falling price) reflects ample supplies of light sweet crude in the Atlantic. Higher output from Libya, Nigeria; and offers of North Sea crude from floating storage are looming on the market.feedback

Fayez Al Sarraj

As the number of migrants rises, the economic and social fabric of southern Libya is placed under very significant strain.feedback

Amrita Sen

This is like a falling knife right now, I genuinely haven't seen sentiment this bad ever. We have had clients emailing saying they have been trading this for 20 or 30 years and they have never seen something like this.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Democracy isn't built from the outside without the people. France didn't take part in the Iraq war and that was right. And France was wrong to take part in the war in Libya in the way it did. What was the result of those interventions? Failed states where terrorist groups prospered. I don't want that in Syria. Three: I have red lines on chemical weapons and humanitarian corridors. I said it very clearly to Vladimir Putin. I will be uncompromising on that. So the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

It's an incredible disconnect between the security situation and the oil story. I just find it amazing, but I don't know how long you can reconcile these divergent stories.feedback

Khalid al-Falih

In my opinion, market fundamentals are going in the right direction, but in light of the large surplus in stockpiles over the past years, the cut needs time to take effect, . Current expectations indicate the market will rebalance in the fourth quarter of this year, taking into account an increase in shale oil production. Markets determine prices but are themselves driven by unpredictable variables beyond the control of producing nations. Short-term volatility is mostly a reaction to short-term factors ... as well as the role of speculators in stock markets that increase market volatility.feedback

Khalid al-Falih

Most day to day fluxes in the market are automatic reactions to a number of short-term factors such as news headlines [and] forecasts of production from some sources that may not eventually materialize. In my opinion, market fundamentals are going in the right direction, but in light of the large surplus in stockpiles over the past years, the [OPEC-led] cut needs time to take effect.feedback

Khalid al-Falih

The market often tends to ignore these criteria and focused on the drop in U.S. inventories that came below expectations.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Libya and Nigeria popped up, but at what point is the market's focus? They're more focused on the U.S. What's hanging over this market is that the U.S. will continue to overwhelm everything.feedback

Fatou Bensouda - International Criminal Court

I call on Libya and all other States, if in a position to do so, to immediately arrest and surrender Mr Gaddafi to the ICC.feedback

Mohamed Dayri

Help would come through a lifting of the embargo on weapons, so our army can receive material and weapons, so as to deal with this rampant terrorism.feedback

Fereidun Fesharaki

The problem is that there is too much oil on the market. There is too much oil from the U.S., too much oil from Libya, too much oil from Nigeria. While the demand is robust, there is a serious likelihood that prices will sink next year to $30-$35 a barrel and will stay there for a while.feedback

Russ Jackson

Hashem Abedi, the brother of Salman Abedi, left the country at the same time as the attack on the 15th April. Hashem Abedi is currently detained in Libya, there is much media reporting about what he has said in Libya and we wish to interview him in relation to this attack. We have tracked him buying nuts from a DIY store that were used for shrapnel as well as the tin which we believe the explosive was placed in. He has also been tracked going to and from the Banff Road area of Rusholme. Our enquiries show that the assembly of the device is likely to have been by Abedi himself.feedback

Russ Jackson

It will continue at its current pace as we work to understand the full extent of the involvement of anyone else. We will be speaking with more people. Work around CCTV, financial transactions and telephone contacts will continue as we piece together the movements of Abedi in fine grain detail.feedback

Saleh Hashem

The state has given up the right to prosecute, but people can still sue them.feedback

Russ Jackson

Hashem Abedi is currently detained in Libya. There is much media reporting about what he has said in Libya and we wish to interview him in relation to this attack. This was a premeditated, calculated and vicious attack. It was planned carefully and has caused devastation and heartbreak to so many. We have a massive team still working flat-out on it and there are critical lines of inquiry at home and abroad which we will relentlessly pursue.feedback

Russ Jackson

This is very much a live criminal investigation moving at considerable speed. It is a terrorism investigation relating to 22 murders and multiple attempted murders. It will continue at its current pace as we work to understand the full extent of the involvement of anyone else. We will be speaking with more people. Work around CCTV, financial transactions and telephone contacts will continue as we piece together the movements of Abedi in fine-grain detail.feedback

Tony Blair

We have tried intervention and putting down troops – in Iraq. We've tried intervention without putting in troops – in Libya. And we've tried no intervention at all but demanding regime change – in Syria. It's not clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better.feedback

Matt Smith

If we see those come closer to parity then that will stop those exports, that will keep more crude in the U.S. and then we keep prices around these kind of mid-$40s levels.feedback

Rohan Murphy

For me (the Qatari conflict) serves to remind us that the Middle East is not a stable place ... ultimately, there are always going to be these tensions. Everyone is analyzing the supply-side risk and not worrying about the risk of somewhere like Iran and you couple that with Libya output going down instead of up and then you could start seeing the signs in 2018 of the underinvestment of the last couple of years.feedback

Ahmed al-Qasimi

The fact of the matter is that the U.A.E. violated the U.N. Security Council Resolution on Libya and continues to do so.feedback

Cameron Colquhoun

Most of the blood spilled in Europe in the more spectacular attacks, using guns and bombs, really all began at the time when Katibat al-Battar went back to Libya. That is where the threat trajectory to Europe began – when these men returned to Libya and had breathing space. While they were targeted by drones, the opposition they faced there was not as intense as in Syria.feedback

Joshua Geltzer

My best sense of it is that it hasn't been necessarily a migration from Syria to Libya but has been rather a maturation of ISIS-Libya actually having an 'ex ops' program. Those of us following ISIS closely wondered, as we tracked the threat posed by ISIS-Libya, is it part of a deliberate global plan, so that even if they are squeezed in Syria, they can run their ex ops out of somewhere else? But it's not clear whether Libya is an alternative to Syria or, more likely, a redundancy.feedback

Cameron Colquhoun

I spent eight years looking at Al Qaeda, and one of the things I remember from my time is the fact that some of the baddest dudes in Al Qaeda were Libyan. When I looked at the Islamic State, the same thing was happening. They were the most hard-core, the most violent – the ones always willing to go to extremes when others were not. The Libyans represented the elite troops, and clearly ISIS capitalized on this.feedback

Peter Neumann

Anis Amri, the Berlin guy, received his instructions from Libya, not Syria. Clearly there are several centers of gravity.feedback

Jawad al-Tamimi - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Some personnel at least went back to Libya, helping to cultivate what would become I.S.'s Libyan provinces. Some may also play a role as 'external plotters' based out of Libya.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that. Thank God, they were smart enough not to do that after we released information about it. Has Assad make mistakes? Yes, quite a few. And what about people confronting him? Are they angels? Who are they who kill people there, execute children? Are they people who we should support? Primarily, we are defending not Assad but the Syrian statehood. We don't want to see the situation there become like it is in Libya, Somalia or Afghanistan.feedback

Jonathan Barratt

I see the little connection between oil markets and the Paris accord. I think the market is looking for swing factors like an increase in demand from China.feedback

Gene McGillian - Tradition Energy

There are signs that the 1.8 million barrel cut is not really what the market is feeling because of rising production in the U.S., Libya, Nigeria and even the North Sea. The worry is that you have rising output in the U.S. and that's going to offset cuts.feedback

Gene McGillian - Tradition Energy

There are really mounting concerns about the excess supply in the world and the ability of the agreement to whittle that down. We're getting Libya, Nigeria and the North Sea poking their heads up. Are the bears really going to be convinced as we approach the $45 area that they were going to be in a position to see global inventories going down?feedback

Greg McKenna

Libyan and shale oil production seems to have occupied the mind of traders overnight. That's consistent with my sense that this is all about inventories and the associated supply overhang in crude oil markets at the moment.feedback

Lorenzo Fiato

If the Libyan coastguards do not come, then we will take them on board and we will bring them to Tripoli.feedback

John Kilduff - Again Capital

The game of chicken between them and the market is back on again. The meeting was much more of a failure than people realize because of what wasn't achieved. There are no caps on production for Libya, or Nigeria, or Iran.feedback

Ole Hansen - Saxo Bank

It's the sum of all the negatives that have emerged since last week's OPEC meeting. Traders covered short positions ahead of OPEC and some of these have now been re-established.feedback

Tamar Essner - Corporate Solutions

The key question will be whether the next round of OPEC cuts results in actual curtailment of exports since that will obviously be much more impactful for global prices. Much of the low hanging fruit of compliance has been done and so by reducing production, especially during the high demand summer months, we would need to see a more meaningful reduction in exports in the second half the year in order to be more constructive on prices.feedback

Ahmad Messmari

The air strikes are joint ones between the Libyan National Army and Egyptian army.feedback

Dominick Chirichella - Energy Management Institute

The market is now in the hands of how market participants interpret the weekly and monthly fundamental snapshots with all eyes focused on total global oil inventory levels. The market is looking for the OPEC/non-OPEC production cutting accord to result in a sustained inventory destocking pattern that will send global supply and demand balances back to normal historical levels.feedback

Khaled al-Megrahi

The West knows what's happening in Libya but they only want to watch and see. You make Libya like this. You will see a lot of terrorists in the UK and everywhere. This time they should arm the army and not arm the militias.feedback

Amy Hawthorne

Egypt and other regimes like Bahrain definitely feel they have a green light from Trump to undertake repressive actions in the name of counterterrorism and to anticipate that the Trump administration will not issue a word of criticism. We have a terrible experience of seeing what happens when authoritarian regimes crush that space between citizens and the state. It's what happened under Qaddafi in Libya, and it's what happened under Saddam Hussein in Iraq. And it never leads to stability.feedback

Raffaello Pantucci

The older generation normalizes militancy. Which direction it goes depends on the time. And the kids rebel against their parents.feedback

Gareth Stansfield

Traditionally an al-Qaida-associated group would have nothing to do or little in common with Isis. In Syria they've fought pretty ferociously between themselves. They have some quite serious theological and ideological differences. But in recent years, boundaries have become more fluid, especially as situations in Libya and Syria have become far more complex and convoluted. Isis and al-Qaida are enemies and competitors but as pressure is brought to bear on both of them they have more in common than separates them.feedback

Gareth Stansfield

I use a virus analogy. In disease terms al-Qaida is Spanish flu. It's always there and can flare up in dangerous ways. You never fully eradicate it and it's very durable. Isis is a bit like Ebola. It fires up all of a sudden, burns extremely brightly, but is too destructive and kills itself.feedback

Akram Ramadan

I hope you are not doing any naughty tricks or pranks anymore.feedback

Salman Abedi

How are you doing, Mom? Please forgive me for anything I did wrong. No, no, no. I quit doing pranks.feedback

Akram Ramadan

There was a lot of it here, putting pressure on their kids to become very, very, over the top, good Muslim kids.feedback

Mohammed Fadil

He barely even attended Eid prayers. He kept away from the community. When prayer finishes, you stay behind, you chat. With him it was different.feedback

Abdul Omar

I saw him in the prayer room sometimes. I remember seeing him waiting a bit earlier for the prayer. He was always alone.feedback

Salah Rashid

I've seen many residents leave for Libya. If they don't embrace their children and teenagers, they can get lost.feedback

Akram Ramadan

We were all fighting. Drug dealers from here were fighting – everybody went.feedback

Akram Ramadan

When the revolution kicked off and all these dads went to Libya to fight, the kids found freedom.feedback

Diane Abbott

Military solution cannot be the only tool. The war in Iraq did not make the international environment safer and our intervention in Libya has caused a failed state.feedback

Liam Fox

I do not recall reading anything of that nature. That is not to say it would not have been done, but I don't recall reading such material … I do not recall reading any reports that set out the background of any Islamist activity to specific rebel groups.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

No government can prevent every terrorist attack. But the responsibility of government is to minimise that chance, to ensure the police have the resources they need, that our foreign policy reduces rather than increases the threat to this country. Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, pointed out the connections between wars that we've been involved in or supported ... in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home. We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is not working.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The attack on Manchester was shocking, appalling indefensible wrong in every possible way. The parallel I was drawing this morning was a number of people ever since the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn attention to the links with foreign policy, including Boris Johnson in 2005, two former heads of MI5, and of course the foreign affairs select committee. The point I was making was we have to make our streets secure, our population secure. Any sensible government has got to look at what's happened in Libya, a huge ungoverned space and apparently a source of support for extremism.feedback

Simon Jenkins

We committed armed aggression against sovereign peoples who had not attacked us, claiming our motive was ‘to keep terror off the streets of Britain’Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly right to relate this week’s Manchester terrorist atrocity to British foreign policy in the Middle East. Whenever Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron struggled to explain why British blood and finance had to go on toppling regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, they were explicit: it was “to prevent terrorism in the streets of Britain”. The reason was given over and again: to suppress militant Islam.feedback

David Videcette

This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly.feedback

Josh Halliday

Goosebumps! The amazing moment Manchester crowd joins in with woman singing Oasis – Don't Look Back in Anger after minutes silence.feedback

Alia Brahimi

After the Manchester attack, fingers are being pointed at the state whose collapse after the fall of Gaddafi has allowed radicalisation to become entrenched. The attack on Manchester Arena, claimed by Islamic State, is the deadliest to have hit Britain since the 7/7 bombings and, what’s more, it targeted children and teenagers. It is reported that the perpetrator, Salman Abedi, had recently returned from a three-week stay in Libya, where his parents now reside.feedback

Akram Ramadan

I suspect he will now be coming back to clear matters up with the police. He is the the type of person who does not like to leave things – he will want to sort things out. They don't belong to either society. They are neither Libyan nor British. They are not accepted anywhere. And Libyan society considers them half-breeds. They are not accepted, which leads to so much frustration and discontent.feedback

Salman Abedi

This group was fighting Gaddafi in the mid-90s in the eastern side of Libya. The group were defeated in 1996. It was a group that wanted to overthrow Gaddafi but they also possibly had some guys who were affiliated with al-Qaida. Did some of these guys carry the torch of al-Qaida? Possibly.feedback

Salman Abedi

He was a normal, straightforward, likable guy. He would sometimes lead the prayer, too. He was obviously religious but nothing out of the ordinary.feedback

Salman Abedi

My son was as religious as any child who opens his eyes in a religious family. As we were discussing news of similar attacks earlier, he was always against those attacks, saying there's no religious justification for them. I don't understand how he'd have become involved in an attack that led to the killing of children. Until now my son is a suspect, and the authorities haven't come up with a final conclusion. Every father knows his son and his thoughts, my son does not have extremist thoughts.feedback

Ian Fenn

We are a Manchester school. We feel the pain that Manchester feels. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Mancunians against terrorism in all its forms. Our deepest condolences go to all who have been affected by this outrage.feedback

Sam Grogan

All at the University of Salford are shocked and saddened by the events of last night. Our thoughts are with all those involved, their families and their friends.feedback

Ghazi Gheblawi

[The UK authorities] have a lot to do do prevent this 'disease' from festering and poisoning them, as it did back in the homeland.feedback

Salah Suhbi

We are really upset this is happening in the UK. Libyans have had a positive impact on the UK, there are 3,000 Libyan doctors in the NHS.feedback

Ahmed bin Salem

We have evidence that he is involved in Daesh (Islamic State) with his brother. We have been following him for more than one month and a half. He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack.feedback

Saleh Ibrahim Mabrouk

He's been in legal meetings and he's very tired. He can't talk now. I'm sorry. I know you want to ask him about what's been happening, but not now.feedback

Lidya Tesfu

No, this is not my husband. I know this guy through Facebook, but we haven't met before or known each other. He once wrote me a message on Facebook. So what? My husband was not the only one working on that route from Libya to Italy. I've tried to talk to him to leave that job and he told me he has finished with that months ago.feedback

Yemi Osinbajo

At the moment it would be very difficult, but not impossible. I can't see a path to that kind of outcome, but this is Nigeria.feedback

Mark Rowley

I regret that we have not been able to deliver the justice that the victims and their families deserve. Our thoughts today are with WPc Fletcher's family and all those affected by the events of that day in 1984.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

We are moving from the traditional purely aid centred approach to Africa to real partnership in all fields, from climate change to security, economic development, migration and obviously humanitarian support.feedback

Abdulsalam Kajman - U.N

If we don't resolve Southern Libya's problems, we will not resolve the migrant issue. The difficult economic situation in that region pushes lots of young people to work for the traffickers. (Italian Interior Minister Marco) Minniti has told us Italy is ready to dispatch mobile hospitals, but we need other countries and the European Union to lend a hand too.feedback

Zouhair Mbarek

Tourism will not recover very soon in Tunisia until Libya returns to calm.feedback

Mattia Toaldo

The complete risk is that you have messy elections in a messy country with low turnout, and therefore, low legitimacy for anyone winning them.feedback

John Pike

Kim Jong-un saw what happened to Saddam [Hussein] and [Muammar] Gaddafi, and he doesn't want to wind up in a necktie party.feedback

Abdel-Salam Nassiya

We hope this meeting leads to a breakthrough that ends the current political stalemate.feedback

Gary Younge

The latest figures suggest that the scale and causes vary between London and the rest of the country. Understanding microclimates is crucial. Black male life expectancy in Washington DC is lower than male life expectancy in Gaza: black infant mortality in America’s capital is worse than in Libya. When Americans complain about the Washington elites they are not referring to the people who live in DC (who are among the poorest in the country and of whom we hear precious little) but the concentration of wealth and influence in that city.feedback

Leonard Doyle

Migrants who go to Libya while trying to get to Europe, have no idea of the torture archipelago that awaits them just over the border.feedback

Giuseppe Loprete - International Organization for Migration

We talk to returning migrants every day and we hear this stories every day – stories of exploitation, psychological, physical and sexual abuse. The situation is only getting worse.feedback

Mohamed al-Waseea

This is the first time a Libyan woman has competed internationally, so we're hoping that the Libyan sports union will support this woman. Even if just by encouraging her by providing her with good clothing and food or even positive words. You know how things are in the country. I'm hoping for there to be encouragement so that she can be motivated to perform better.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

The latest reports of 'slave markets' for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya]. The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.feedback

Jim Swire

Shortly before Megrahi died, I met him in Tripoli and reassured him I would still do everything I could to clear his name. I am delighted that this request for an appeal is now being placed before the SCCRC.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

Now is the moment for the US and Italy to work together to stabilise the situation and broaden the support for the Tripoli government to other actors. The division of Libya is not a good idea. It would be dangerous for Egypt, dangerous for Tunisia and for the interests of Europe.feedback

Paolo Gentiloni

Now is the moment for the U.S. and Italy to work together to stabilize the situation and broaden the support for the Tripoli government to other actors.feedback

Faouzi Jaboudi

The first time we met at the guard's offices he didn't want to approach me. He hugged the warden there, who he knows very well and is used to. They told me that they love Tamim and feel for him because his parents aren't there.feedback

Mohammed Iqbel

ISIL works on three levels: short, medium and long term. In the short term, it worked on recruitment – getting young people to leave their country for Libya, and especially Syria and Iraq. After that, it was the departure of entire families.feedback

Mattia Toaldo

You are in a situation where the US backs off from the political process, the UN is extremely weak, the French and the British are having elections, and the Italians were basically pushed aside. So who is left? Egypt, Russia, and Algeria.feedback

Nikki Haley

We want to see the parties come together, have one political solution, one government, one military, so the Libyan people can move forward.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Armed groups from all sides continued to abduct, torture and kill civilians. In addition, ordinary crime was endemic, mainly owing to the state of general lawlessness and the weakness of judicial institutions.feedback

Ann Coulter

We want the president of America back, not the president of the world. As awful as it was to see those dead children, Trump knew that America's first duty is to our own children. We have never succeeded at turning a Third World dictatorship into a paradise. The history of these things is that removing a Middle Eastern strongman always makes things worse – for example, in Iran, Iraq, Libya and Egypt. The Washington establishment is determined to manipulate the president into launching counterproductive military strikes.feedback

Livia Manante

Several other migrants confirmed his story, independently describing kinds of slave markets as well as kinds of private prisons all over in Libya. IOM Italy has confirmed that this story is similar to many stories reported by migrants and collected at landing points in southern Italy, including the slave market reports. This gives more evidence that the stories reported are true, as the stories of those who managed to cross-match those who are returning back to their countries.feedback

Livia Manante

The men on the pick-up were brought to a square, or parking lot, where a kind of slave trade was happening. There were locals – he described them as Arabs – buying sub-Saharan migrants.feedback

Othman Belbeisi

If you go to the market and you can pay between 200 and 500 dollars to get a migrant that will work with you on your daily jobs or support your work. After you buy, this person is handed over to you, again then it becomes your responsibility. Many of them escape, many of them are kept in bondage, and many of them are even imprisoned inside an area where they are forced to work on daily basis.feedback

Leonard Doyle

Tragically, the most credible messengers are migrants returning home with IOM help. Too often they are broken, brutalised and have been abused. Their voices carry more weight than anyone else's.feedback

Giuseppe Loprete - International Organization for Migration

Its very clear they see themselves as being treated as slaves. There are now more migrants coming back from Libya, so that's also why all these stories are coming to the surface. And conditions are worsening in Libya so I think we can also expect more in the coming months.feedback

Angelino Alfano

We need to remember that not 10 years ago, but 100 or 120 days ago, the concern in Europe was that the United States and the EU were moving apart. I welcome this renewed harmony. I have to say, the Libya experiment did not go well. We are still paying the price.feedback

Phil Flynn

There are a few geopolitical problems at the moment. On top of that, Libya isn't producing oil, so that's adding to the bullish side of the market.feedback

Tariq Zahir

U.S. shale is going to continue to weigh on market. With refineries coming out of maintenance season, maybe we'll see some real strength around here soon.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise. Look at Iraq, look at Libya.feedback

Mohamed Haay Sandu

Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, no one has controlled the border. For many of us, facilitating the passage of migrants has become a way of earning money. The economy is on the brink of collapse. Around 15 per cent of our people work in migrant trafficking. It is the main source of income.feedback

Mohamed Haay Sandu

Many of our young people are without hope and end up facilitating clandestine migration.feedback