Libya at Threshold of Monumental Events
Western media outlets are once again in throes of panic as they report on the latest developments in Libya. According to French newspaper Le Monde, while the world was following NATO’s Jubilee Summit, held in Washington, there was a turning point in the civil war in Libya. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls Libya’s eastern […]
Battle for Tripoli: What Awaits Libya?
The sound of machine gun fire in Tripoli after the start of Khalifa Haftar’s military campaign to “liberate the city” is accompanied by a bitter squabble between two conflicting sides aired by media outlets and on social networking sites. These opponents are Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA), which controls the capital and […]
Who will Win Control over Libya and its Energy Wealth?
It appears now that the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army’s (LNA) General Khalifa Haftar wants to negotiate the final settlement with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord’s(GNA)Al Serraj government over who will rule over Libya and its oil and gas reserves, after he has taken Tripoli. All diplomatic attempts to derail Haftar’s advance have failed. The UN-backed […]
Palermo Conference on Libya Failed to Make the Region Overly Excited
The international conference on Libya, which took place on November 12-13 in the Italian city of Palermo, provoked a noticeable resonance across the Middle East. In general, one can only welcome the initiative of Italy, which managed to bring together various Libyan factions that remain fragmented by internal strife ever since 2014, the mark after […]
Anniversary of Gaddafi’s Death and the Current Situation in Libya
The seventh anniversary of the killing of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on October 20, 2011 provides us with an opportunity to reassess those dramatic events which caused a major step backwards in the country’s development. With the fall of its leader, the country’s power hierarchy collapsed, leading to the disintegration of both government authorities […]
New Round of Fighting in Libya
On Jun 17, the Libyan National army (LNA) commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar began a large-scale operation to expel I. Al-Jadran militants from the “oil crescent” region (on the coast of the Gulf of Sirte), the location of the largest oil-loading ports in the country, including the two largest export terminals, Ras Lanuf and […]
Libya: 7 Years since February 17
On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader – Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, stability, commercial activity etc.), have left the […]
The Changing Situation in Libya: Haftar Goes on the Offensive
On 18 December, the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced the expiration of the Skhirat Agreement on the subject of national reconciliation, signed on 17 Dec 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations. One of its participants was the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, which lacked support from Parliament and the Libyan […]
NATO’s New Libya Still Burning
In 2011, US and European policy think tanks, which both create and promote policy serving the collective interests of the corporations that sponsor them, promoted NATO military intervention in Libya. Under the guise of a humanitarian intervention, what unfolded was the long-planned overthrow of the Libyan government, then headed by Muammar Ghaddafi. Unable or unwilling […]
Libya at the Crossroads: Where is the Caravan of History Headed?
Although in recent months, Libya has not been in the focus of attention of top-level politicians and the global media at large, nevertheless, several developments have occurred that are actually quite important, albeit hardly noticeable to the outside world. The gradual accumulation of these not-very-significant changes in the domestic political situation and on the foreign […]
How Clueless is the West about What has Happened to Libya
Libya is now central to Manchester bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores of others. Since the bombers’ identification as a Libyan, the country has been making headlines as the exporter of terrorism, providing man-power to jihadi groups like ISIS. Little, however, has been written or spoken about the condition that Libya is in […]
Sarraj’s Visit to Moscow was Received Positively in the Middle East
A visit that was paid to Moscow by the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Consent, Fayez al-Sarraj has once again drwan the public attention to the problems of this country, that undergoes the crisis of duality of powers. Fayez al-Sarraj is representing the government that is situated in Tripoli, while the other […]