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What a Fight for Tripoli Could Mean for Libya's Future

Apr 8, 2019 | 21:19 GMT
Militia members from Misrata, who support Libya's Government of National Accord, arrive in a Tripoli suburb on April 6, 2019, ready to defend the capital from an assault by the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter.

Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord arrive in Tajura, a coastal suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on April 6, 2019, from their base in Misrata.

(MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

The conflict in Libya has entered a new phase. Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter has sent his Libyan National Army on the offensive in Tripoli, sparking open warfare with the competing Government of National Accord (GNA) for the first time in about four years. After Hifter announced his offensive on Tripoli on April 4, the LNA quickly seized control of Garyan, a city about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital, and Tripoli International Airport. Its advance, however, quickly bogged down, and in subsequent fighting, it lost control of the airport to GNA-aligned militias....

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