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General Haftar Marches On Libyan Capital

What next for the North African nation?

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the patriotic leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), is marching on to the Libyan capital Tripoli to liberate it from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Haftar hopes that his assault on the capital Tripoli, the seat of the country’s United Nations-recognised government, will either end the conflict militarily or at the very least increase his leverage in peace talks.

Haftar is currently at war with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
On Tuesday, the GNA repelled Haftar’s LNA forces from the town of Aziziya, stalling his advance on Tripoli. The GNA is backed by Qatar, Turkey and the EU.

President Trump has expressed support for Haftar. This is a departure from the US policy of backing the GNA under the Obama administration.

As the specter of continuing conflict looms, there seems to be little optimism given current relationships.

The country has been in a state of anarchy since Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 following a misguided Western intervention.

Just like Syria, a myriad of militias, rebel groups and mercenaries from across the globe are at play here.

The latest conflagration threatens to disrupt oil flows and potentially create a power vacuum that more armed groups could exploit.

Written by Avi Kumar

Avi Kumar is a contributor to The Schpiel.

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