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Vol 60 No 8

Published 19th April 2019


Haftar stakes it all

LNA forces have attacked Tripoli, sounding the death knell to planned peace talks and opening what could be a bitter and bloody battle

Four years of efforts by the UN to end the crisis in Libya have been rendered almost futile by eastern-based strongman, General Khalifa Haftar. On 4 April, two months after his forces swept through the south of Libya, he dispatched his Libyan National Army (LNA) to seize control of the rest of the country, ordering it to take the capital, Tripoli, the powerbase of the rival Government of National Accord (GNA) and UN-created Presidency Council (PC), headed by Faiez el Serraj.

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