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Vol 60 No 5

Published 8th March 2019


Haftar puts south in the game

The Serraj camp claims all the legitimacy but General Haftar's forces now control the south – and have all the clout

The Sharara oilfield is appropriately named: the Arabic word means 'spark'. It was the catalyst for a dramatic change in the strategic balance between General Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-backed Presidency Council (PC), led by Faiez el Serraj and based in Tripoli. Haftar's forces have taken southern Libya while talks have again taken place – the latest round was in Abu Dhabi – aimed at preventing a spiral into total war.

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