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

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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. With their forward progress halted, it’s unlikely that Hifter’s forces will be able to take full control of the capital any time soon, leading to a high probability that the battle will become a protracted affair.

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