No let-up yet in intensity of Libyan conflict

Given the country’s complex tribal composition and the matrix of global interests, no single party in the country’s multi-layered civil war will triumph entirely
By Marwan Kabalan
Last week, forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar regained control of Libya’s coastal “Oil Crescent”, a bay, roughly 200km long, which extends between the oil ports of Sirte and Ras Lanuf. The area along this coastal strip contains 60 per cent of Libya’s proven oil reserve. This comes less than two weeks since a tribal force called the Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB), loyal to the Tripoli-based government of National Accord (GNA), took control of the oil fields.
In fact, the conflict for the control of Libya’s strategic oil fields started soon after the regime of former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in the summer of 2011. Until September 2016, when forces loyal to General Haftar took control, the oil fields were managed by the Oil Installation Guards.
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