Libya–The Other War

Once Qaddafi was killed the country of Libya sank into a civil war that has been raging now for 9 years…it all started in 2011….but there is a lot of history around the country of Libya…..here is a historic timeline…..https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13755445

Gen. Haftar is a CIA asset and has been since 1982 and he now leads the faction in Western Libya against those in the East….

Haftar has issued a unilateral truce statement…..

The Presidential Council said Thursday in a statement that the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) forces will continue to defend themselves and target all threats by outlaw groups that are causing bloodshed in Libya.

The Presidential Council responded to the unilateral truce announcement by Khalifa Haftar, saying it welcomes all national stances that rejected militarization of the country and clinging to civilian and democratic state.

The statement reiterated that the Presidential Council is committed to Security Council resolutions and Berlin conference conclusions, adding that the Presidential Council signed solely in Moscow on the ceasefire as Haftar didn’t and continued to shell civilians in Tripoli in violation of all agreed-upon truces

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/libyas-presidential-council-responds-haftars-truce-well-continue-defend-tripoli

The East has no confidence in Haftar……

Libya’s UN-recognised government on Thursday rejected a truce unilaterally called the day before by military strongman Khalifa Haftar, saying it “did not trust” its eastern-based rival.

The move follows successes on the ground for forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against Haftar’s troops in recent weeks, just over a year since he launched an offensive on the capital.

The GNA said in a statement that it did not trust Haftar, who controls the east and swathes of southern Libya, accusing him of violating previous truces.

“These violations make it so we do not trust truce announcements (from Haftar),” the GNA said.

Any “ceasefire needs to have international safeguards and mechanisms” to monitor its implementation and to document violations, it added.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/libyas-unity-government-says-rejects-haftars-truce-offer/ar-BB13r3Mq

Basically the two major sides in this conflict still go after each other in all fields of endeavor.

There are some that think Haftar is the impediment to a real political dialog…….that without him the chances of a peaceful conclusion would be possible.

The forces of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya and allied military factions launched a surprise offensive last week that enabled it to extend its control over a number of Libyan cities west of the capital, Tripoli: Sabratha, Sorman, Al-Ajilat, Al-Jameel, Rikdalin, and Zelten and expel the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, leader of the so-called Libya National Army. This attack comes in response to the LNA’s continued bombardment of the capital’s suburbs, despite calls made by many international bodies to halt fighting and focus on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will the Defeat of Haftar in the West of Libya Lead to Reviving the Political Process?

But Haftar has an ally that could change everything in the nation at war…..Turkey has sided with Haftar against the GNA…..

By intervening militarily in the Libyan conflict in January, Turkey helped forces aligned with the UN-backed Tripoli government of Prime Minister Faiez Serraj stand their ground against an offensive by a coalition headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. From Ankara’s perspective, supporting the Tripoli government is necessary to confront an arc of inimical forces bent on containing Turkey’s strategic and economic influence in the Mediterranean and broader Middle East. Haftar’s foreign backers likewise see Libya as a key geopolitical battleground and have shown no hesitation to escalate. While Ankara deems its intervention worthwhile as long as it prevents Tripoli’s takeover, the costs may rise if as a result the conflict becomes more prolonged and deadly. It therefore should be in Turkey’s and Haftar’s external supporters’ interest to explore areas of mutual accommodation, work toward a ceasefire, and find ways to bring their respective Libyan allies around the table to pursue a compromise that would also meet some of their own core needs.

After six months of stalemated war in the Tripoli outskirts, Haftar-aligned forces started to slowly advance toward the city centre in November 2019 in a push to remove the Serraj government and disarm forces allied with it. Alarmed by this development, officials in Ankara calculated that, by balancing Haftar’s military power on the ground, they could create conditions for a ceasefire and negotiated political solution to the Libyan crisis. Starting in January, Turkey reportedly sent around 100 officers and at least 2,000 allied Syrian opposition fighters to Libya, as well as aerial defence and other weapon systems.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/western-europemediterranean/turkey/257-turkey-wades-libyas-troubled-waters

Haftar is determined to take Qaddafi’s place as the power in Libya…..he even refuses to acknowledge the recognition of the Eastern Libyan political forces as the leader of Libyan people….

In a short televised speech late on 27 April, Khalifa Haftar declared that he accepted the people’s “mandate” to scrap the 2015 UN-mediated Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and empower the General Command of the Arab Libyan Armed Forces (ALAF), the military force he heads, to take charge of the country’s governing institutions.

The LPA gives international recognition to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, against which Haftar has waged a deadly war since April 2019. While neither Haftar nor the allied Tobruk-based House of Representatives and its government has recognised the LPA, they have accepted it as the basis for negotiations. In rejecting the LPA now, Haftar is implying that he is no longer committed to international efforts to mediate an end to the war – and will pursue an alternative political project.

https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/north-africa/libya/interpreting-haftars-gambit-libya

Haftar is using Turkey to help him wrestle power for himself……

All this illustrates that the problems that NATO created in 2011 are still tearing a country apart and making life difficult for the people.

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3 thoughts on “Libya–The Other War

  1. Forced regime change ends in a mess for all concerned. They didn’t learn from Libya and Iraq, and are still trying it in Syria and Venezuela.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. What the US and NATO did to Libya was one of the worst crimes of the 21st century. Not only was the most advanced African nation destroyed, but as a result of the US-backed rebels Black people were lynched in the streets and slave markets returned to North Africa. It also led to the rise of Boko Haram, terror in northern Mali, and so much more that I can’t even list here. Here is something I wrote about 3 years ago.

    https://ushypocrisy.com/2017/12/12/the-u-s-ushered-in-a-new-era-of-slave-auctions-in-libya-with-regime-change-in-2011/

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