Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar assumed that Ankara’s support of the UN-recognised Tripoli government would not stand in his way. That turned out to be a miscalculation.
The Libyan warlord has consistently upped the ante, but only has a losing hand to show for it.
Many foreign fighters such as Sudanese Janjaweed militias, Chadian rebel groups, and Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group are used to support warlord Khalifa Haftar's so-called Libyan National Army.
The relentless attacks and revolving door of mercenaries widen Libyans' exposure to the pandemic.
Warlord Haftar and his two sons may be incriminated in a US federal court over the torture, deaths of Libyans in 2014.
Middle Eastern governments have valid reasons to fear foreign conspiracies but deflecting blame on foreign hands instead of addressing citizens' grievances only weakens their own position.
The Libyan warlord's growing ties with Tel Aviv not only contribute to the turmoil gripping Libya but also undermines its internationally-recognised government.
The explosion comes hours after Libya's UN-supported government says it accepted a ceasefire proposed by the UN aimed at halting combat in the capital, Tripoli, during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha.
Libya's unity government was created at UN-backed talks in 2015, but it has struggled to assert control, while a number of international initiatives since have failed to unite the country.
The strongman’s rationale for outrightly attempting a supreme hold on power through the Tripoli offensive is interlaced with narratives he thinks will resonate with his embattled people. He may well be mistaken.
Khalifa Haftar’s offensive towards Tripoli is part and parcel of a larger regional dynamic and conflict
Libya’s General Haftar has become powerful enough to move on Tripoli and he owes that strength to a group of international backers who peddle the narrative that he is fighting terrorism.
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