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How Iran is secretly using Islamic militias to conquer Libya
 
10/20/2020
 

Libyan Civil War Intensifies: Opportunity for Iran

How Iran is secretly using Islamic militias to conquer Libya

BY WARREN REINSCH

The tide has turned in Libya’s Civil War. The internationally recognized government’s counteroffensive, in conjunction with Islamic militias, has reclaimed territories and advanced on a key base of operations threatening to end the four-month siege of Tripoli.

Ever since the ousting of Muammar Qadhafi in 2011, Libya has been engulfed in civil war. The battle for Libya is currently split between the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli in the west, and the Libyan National Army (LNA) based in Tobruk in the east. In this conflict, the GNA is supported by Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United Nations; the LNA is supported by Egypt, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and, to a lesser extent, Israel.

Last April, Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, commander of the LNA , began his western offensive against the Tripoli government. Within only a few short months, LNA forces had conquered a majority of Libya’s interior; however, Tripoli remained under GNA control as the two sides reached a stalemate just south of the capital city. In December, Haftar launched his battle for Tripoli, which, according to the United Nations, has left hundreds killed and more than 200,000 displaced.

 
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