IS Defeat in Sirte Deepens Libya’s East-West Split

Power grab by General Khalifa Haftar causing concern.
The recent takeover by Libyan forces of the coastal city of Sirte from IS, is a major setback for the terrorist organization. Yet, this victory against a common enemy that brought together Libya’s rival militias in a united front against IS raises concerns regarding Libya’s unity.
Despite UN-led support for the Government of National Accord (GNA), the east-west divide continues to deepen. Two rival governments continue to vie for power and influence: the UN-backed Tripoli-based GNA led by Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and the Parliament of Tobruk supported by Egypt and some Gulf states and now backed by the all-powerful General Khalifa Haftar.
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