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In Libya, Hifter Plays the Oil Card

Jan 22, 2020 | 09:00 GMT
Smoke billows after an attack by Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Hifter on Tripoli on Jan. 19, 2019.

Billowing smoke marks the aftermath of an attack by Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Hifter's troops on Tripoli on Jan. 19, 2019. Control of the country's oil exports is a major weapon in Hifter's arsenal.

(ENES CANLI/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Just hours before global powers kicked off a Jan. 19 conference in Berlin to discuss ways to end Libya's conflict, one of the war's major parties, the Libyan National Army, made a major announcement: It was closing the country's five oil export terminals in eastern Libya. Not long after, the...

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